Jan
01

Jose Ramirez named Short Season Pitcher of the Year

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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
  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

    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

      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?!?

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

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

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

      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

        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

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

      • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

        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

          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

  • Accent Shallow

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

    • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

      No. Let’s decide if he is a bust or top of the rotation starter right now. Let’s jump to conclusions.

      • anon

        J-Ram sounds like a superstar. Im going to say his comps are Pedro. Lets trade him for Josh Johnson and Hanley.

        • Rey22

          My life feels so empty without the ability to propose Melky + IPK for *insert superstar*

          • Mike Pop

            Agreed. I kind of miss the ‘do you think Melky and IPK could get it done”?

          • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

            I say we make Z-Mac + Gardner the new Melky + IPK. Anyone else on board?

            • Rey22

              I don’t know, Melky + IPK had this magical thing to it. It just rolled off the tongue and felt right. Z-Mac + Gardner just feels forced.

  • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

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

  • Jake H

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

  • http://www.myspace.com/rayzayas Ray Fuego

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

  • Manimal

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

  • jp

    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

      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

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

  • Salty Buggah

    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.

  • Langdon Alger

    Bigfoot sighting (work safe)
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