MLB Player Profile: Mariners Pitcher Erasmo Ramirez
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Sunday, July 28th, 2013
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Fortunately for them, Erasmo Ramirez, who has just been recalled, should be able to provide quality innings for a team that is definitely in need of pitching.
Ramirez, 23, has already had ten career MLB starts but elbow soreness at the start of this season has prevented him from really taking off in the Majors.
With his outstanding control and four impressive pitches, Ramirez should turn into a valuable middle of the rotation arm for Seattle in years to come.
Erasmo Ramirez was born in 1990 in Nicaragua, making him 23 right now. He signed with the Seattle Mariners in 2007 as an amateur free agent.
Nicaragua is not exactly a Central American country known for it’s pitching prospects.
Perhaps that’s why he chose to compete for Team Nicaragua in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
Back to his signing, Ramirez flew under the radar of most Major League teams but it didn’t take long before his results gained him attention from the rest of the baseball world.
After a few dominant years in the Venezuelan Summer League , Ramirez finally made his professional debut in the U.S. pitching for Low-A Clinton in 2010.
In 23 starts for the LumberKings, Ramirez posted a 2.91 ERA and only walked 1.25 batters every nine innings.
Suddenly, everyone was curious about the young 5’11” 200 lb. teenager shutting down opposing lineups in Clinton.
The next season, Ramirez split time between Double-A and Triple-A, posting a 3.74 FIP on the season but again demonstrating his excellent control evidenced by his lack of walks.
In 2012, Ramirez split time between Triple-A Tacoma and in the Majors with the Mariners, excelling at both levels.
His outstanding rookie season guaranteed him a spot in the Mariners starting rotation come spring of 2013.
However, he was bothered by elbow soreness all spring and was sent back to Tacoma for a while until the Mariners were sure that he was 100% healthy.
Erasmo Ramirez relies more on his pinpoint control than a killer repertoire. With that being said, Ramirez does still have some very effective, Major League quality pitches.
His plus fastball sits at around 92-93 MPH, but his best pitch is probably his changeup.
His changeup sits in the low 80’s, has a ton of movement, and Ramirez can throw it at any time during an at-bat. He also throws a curveball and a slider, both of which need work but are still decent pitches.
With Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma forming a mean 1-2 combo, and Taijuan Walker on the way, Erasmo Ramirez doesn’t have to be an ace to be a valuable pitcher for the Mariners.
If Erasmo Ramirez can give the Mariners 200+ average to above-average innings by using his impeccable control down the line, he’ll have a job in the Majors for a very long time.
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