Blue Jays power reliever Carlos Ramirez has thrown 22 scoreless innings out of the New Hampshire bullpen in 2017
New Hampshire Fisher Cats Carlos Ramirez wasn’t the first baseball prospect to retire the bat in favor of pitching. He also won’t be the last.
Signed as an outfielder in 2009, Ramirez made Single-A Lansing before hanging up the batting gloves. As an outfielder, Carlos Ramirez was a high strike out and low contact, with some speed prospect.
The 2013 season would be Ramirez’ most successful with the bat. He batted .228 with 27 doubles, 5 triples, 7 home runs, 14-for-19 in stolen bases, and a 33:102 BB:K ratio.
At 23-yrs-old, he called it quits 28 games into the 2014 season and took to the mound.
He was sent to Bluefield, made 17 appearances and posted a record of 1-0 with a 2.62 ERA. He would finish the season with 19 walks and 24 strike outs in 34.1 IP.
Ramirez split 2015 between Lansing and Dunedin, throwing 39.2 innings in 34 games. He finished with a 2-3 record and 4.76 ERA. Ramirez posted an ugly 1.82 WHIP thanks to a high .298 opponents batting average and allowing 24 walks. However, the second year pitcher struck out almost a batter per inning with 37 K’s.
Then in 2016, at the ripe age of 25, Ramirez had his breakout season with the Advanced-A Dunedin Blue Jays. He posted a record of 3-0 and 2.20 ERA. He would convert 9-of-10 saves, throwing 41.0 IP. He held opponents to a .221 batting and walked 21 for a 1.29 WHIP. Ramirez would strike out exactly a batter per inning.
Unfortunately, injuries were also a story for Ramirez in 2016. He was placed on the disabled list on July 14th after allowing runs in his previous three appearances. This was a big deal because he hadn’t allowed a run in 23.2 IP from April 30th to July 6th. He came off the DL on September 2nd and returned to throw 3 scoreless innings in two appearances to finish his season on a high and healthy note.
Health has played a role in 2017 for Carlos Ramirez in his first taste of Double-A. He missed all of June after being put on the DL on April 30th having thrown 9.2 scoreless innings. Ramirez returned on July 3rd and continues to own a 0.00 ERA 10 appearances later.
Carlos Ramirez turned 26-yrs-old on April 24. The 26-yr-old posted a record of 1-0, throwing 9.2 innings over 7 appearances with 3 walks and 13 strike outs.
Since returning from the DL, the 6-foot-5 righty has thrown 13 scoreless innings with 2 saves, 3 holds, and 1 win. He’s also posted a 0.69 WHIP while walking 4 and striking out 14.
Overall, Ramirez has allowed 2 unearned runs. He owns a record of 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA. He’s posted a 31.8K% and an 8.2BB% with 27 K and 7 BB.
The native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic throws a fastball-slider combo. He should be able to get to the major leagues on his fastball alone which he throws in the 95 mph range with movement. He can touch the high 90’s. Ramirez has shown the ability to locate but more importantly, he has shown the ability to pitch and not just throw.
His slider is an average offering. It flashes plus when he locates it which is becoming more and more frequent.
There is some effort to his delivery but the Blue Jays minor league staff have worked with Ramirez to clean it up. This could be the reasoning behind his stints on the DL (limiting innings and tweaking in non-game situations).
Power arms are at a premium and you can bet that other teams are watching Carlos Ramirez’ development very closely. He is a free-agent at the end of the season and the Blue Jays would do well adding him to the 40-man roster.
If he can finish August healthy, the Toronto Blue Jays would be silly not to have Carlos Ramirez included on the list of September call-ups. With a good September debut, Ramirez could be in the running for a bullpen job with the Blue Jays in 2018 or at the very least be an option at Triple-A.
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