Ramirez with the Chicago Cubs
Chicago Cubs – No. 54
May 25, 1989 |
Virginia Beach, Virginia
|April 25, 2014 for the Chicago Cubs|
(through 2014 season)
|Earned run average||1.44|
Ramirez was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the first round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft out of Kempsville High School. He then spent six years in the Rangers' farm system. He played for the Spokane Indians in 2008 and the Hickory Crawdads in 2009 and 2010.
On August 17, 2011 he was promoted to Triple-A at Round Rock and substituted Eric Hurley who left on disability per viral infection. Prior to it, on July 15, Ramirez went out for a week to rehab in Frisco, Texas due to a sore shoulder which prevented him from playing in Double-A. He was quoting as saying to MLB.com that the absence had not bothered him.
On August 23, 2013, Ramirez was traded to the Chicago Cubs as the player to be named later in the July 2013 trade of Matt Garza. On Monday June 9 he struck out 23 players while having only .71 walks plus hits per inning pitched rating.
On June 5, 2014, Ramirez earned his first career save in a victory over the New York Mets.
- Louie Horvath (August 17, 2011). "Prospect Ramirez not deterred by sore shoulder". MLB.com. Archived from the original on April 22, 2014. Retrieved April 22, 2014.
- "Rangers purchase contracts of six players for 40-man roster" (Press release). November 18, 2011. Archived from the original on April 21, 2014. Retrieved November 18, 2011.
- Mark Gonzales (August 23, 2013). "Cubs claim RHP Ramirez on waivers to complete Garza trade". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on August 24, 2013. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
- "Neil Ramirez proving he belongs with Cubs". Comcast SportsNet Chicago. June 9, 2014. Archived from the original on June 24, 2014. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
- John Arguello (August 23, 2014). "Cubs acquire Neil Ramirez as PTBNL in Garza deal". ChicagoNow. Archived from the original on August 26, 2013. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)