Jose Ramirez named Short Season Pitcher of the Year


Trades and attrition have put a sizable dent in the farm system over the last 18 months or so, but one of the few players that has emerged in that time is Jose Ramirez, who was named Short Season Pitcher of the Year yesterday.  The 19-year-old righty posted a 55-16 K/BB ratio in 64 IP last season, allowing just 34 hits for .156 AVG against.

“He wasn’t a high-profile guy, but he’s kind of what we’re searching for in Latin American pitching,” said Mark Newman, the Yankees’ senior vice president of baseball operations. “He had a feel for the strike zone. He can spin the ball and has a good feel for a changeup. He can get it up to 96 mph. And he throws strikes.”

The Yanks can spend all they want in the draft, but the Latin American market is where they really make a killing. Ramirez is just the latest in a long line of unheralded arms that’s gone on to make some noise after coming to the states.

Categories : Asides, Minors


  1. Short Season Pitcher of the Year

    What is this, the circus? First they draft an ambidextrous pitcher and now they’re drafting midgets.

    • All Praise Be To Mo says:

      What is this? A school for ants? How are we supposed to help kids to read if they can’t even fit in the building?!?

  2. Could you imagine if this guy pitched in another system, like one based in New England? Gammons would be drooling over this guy, literally.

    • Yeah, but that’s because he’s drunk. He always drools after that second pint of Chivas.

      • JMK aka The Overshare's Excessive Back Hair Complex says:

        He infected Dick Clarke. Otherwise Dick Clarke “caught” the stroke from having unprotected sex with an oompalooma.

        That’s how this science thing works, right?!

    • Zack says:

      I think he has to go hit .219/.282/.336 too before you can get excited about him

      • I wonder if Ramirez has a projectable body that will allow him to add some velocity as he gets older? Or……is that “projectable body” theory only reserved for sons of ex-major leaguers.

        • Zack says:

          We all know sitting 89-90 at 19 is much more valuable than hitting 96 at 19.
          And we havent even touched him just being toolsy, gettng by on natural ability alone, smiling too much and being lazy. /cano’d

  3. Accent Shallow says:

    Let’s see what he can do in the Sally League this year.

  4. Alright! Jo-Ram is going to be a HOF nickname.

  5. Jake H says:

    I like the guy. Supposively he has a plus change up.

  6. Ray Fuego says:

    This guy might be connected to Jesus. His middle name is “High Grace”

  7. Manimal says:

    How do you say “freak” in spanish? He sounds very similar to Lincecum.

  8. jp says:

    does anybody know anything about juan heredia, LHP for the yanks dominican summer team 2. I know that league is very far away from being anything getting excited about but his numbers are insane. Any scouting reports out there?

    • Johan Iz My Brohan says:

      well, he is about to be 21 in a league with kids as young as 17-18, so I wouldn’t get my hopes up that he is anything special.

      • jp says:

        thats one explaination, i didnt even look at the birth date… because he had some video game stats last year. Thanks.

  9. Salty Buggah says:

    Ramirez is just the latest in a long line of unheralded arms that’s gone on to make some noise after coming to the states.

    Melvin Croussett is next. Though he’s already made a lot of noise before coming stateside.

  10. Langdon Alger says:

    Bigfoot sighting (work safe)

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