Erasmo Ramírez (right-handed pitcher)

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Erasmo Ramírez
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Ramírez with the Seattle Mariners in 2017
Seattle Mariners – No. 31
Pitcher
Born: (1990-05-02) May 2, 1990 (age 28)
Rivas, Nicaragua
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 9, 2012, for the Seattle Mariners
MLB statistics
(through September 21, 2018)
Win–loss record 32–39
Earned run average 4.36
Strikeouts 496
Teams

Erasmo José Ramírez Olivera (born May 2, 1990) is a Nicaraguan professional baseball pitcher for the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has also pitched in MLB for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Ramírez signed with the Mariners in 2007, and made his professional debut in 2008 with the Venezuelan Summer League Mariners. In 2009, with the Venezuelan Summer League Mariners, he was selected as the Seattle's minor league pitcher of the year. In 2010, Ramírez played with the Class-A Clinton LumberKings.[1] He was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays in 2015, and traded back to the Mariners in 2017.

Personal life[edit]

At the age of 12, Ramírez left his home in Nicaragua to attend school in San Salvador, El Salvador.[2] The school which he attended, Fundación Educando a un Salvadoreño, was aimed at helping baseball and soccer athletes training in their respective sports, while also offering academic support.[2] From there, Ramírez was discovered by Jorge Bahaia, who introduced him to Seattle Mariners scouts Ubaldo Heredia and Bob Engle.[2] Engle also signed players José López, Ryan Rowland-Smith, and Carlos Triunfel.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Seattle Mariners[edit]

On September 1, 2007, Ramírez officially signed with Seattle Mariners.[4] Ramírez began his professional baseball career in 2008 with the rookie-level VSL Mariners of the Venezuelan Summer League. That season, he compiled a 4–1 record with a 2.86 earned run average (ERA), one complete game, and 46 strikeouts in 13 games, 11 starts.[1] In 2009, Ramírez continued playing with the VSL Mariners. Before the season, the Seattle Mariners minor league director Pedro Grifol compared Ramírez to Major League Baseball pitcher Doug Fister.[2] That season, Ramírez compiled an 11–1 record with a 0.51 ERA, and 80 strikeouts in 14 games, 13 starts.[1] He led the Venezuelan Summer League in wins, ERA, innings pitched (88), and strikeouts.[5] After the season, the Seattle Mariners named Ramírez as the pitcher of the year in their minor league organization.[6] He participated in the Mariners instructional league in Arizona after the 2009 season.[2]

Ramírez with the Seattle Mariners in 2013

Ramírez spent the early part of the 2010 season in extended spring training with the Seattle Mariners.[7] He was assigned to the Class-A Clinton LumberKings in early-April.[7] On the season, Ramírez was both a Midwest League mid-season all-star and a post-season all-star.[4] He went 10–4 with a 2.97 ERA, one complete game, one save, and 117 strikeouts in 26 games, 23 starts with Clinton.[1]

After the season, Ramírez was named the LumberKings Pitcher of the Year.[8][9] After the 2012 season, Ramírez played for the Nicaraguan national baseball team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic Qualifying Tournament. At the end of the year, Erasmo was awarded in Nicaragua Athlete of the Year by the ACDN (Nicaraguan Association of Sport Journalists) over Everth Cabrera.

In 2013, Ramírez was going to join the Mariners starting roster before the start of the regular season before injuring his triceps. He eventually spent time in Class AAA before making his debut of the season with the Mariners on July 11 against the Boston Red Sox, but allowed seven runs in 4 2/3 innings. The following day, Ramírez was sent down to the Everett AquaSox in order to allow him to stay on a regular rotation during the Major League All-Star break,[10] and started July 17's game against the Vancouver Canadians, giving up two runs on six hits while striking out ten in 5 1/3 innings as the AquaSox won 7-6.[11]

Tampa Bay Rays[edit]

On March 31, 2015, Ramírez was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays for Mike Montgomery.[12] Ramírez struggled in his first month with the Rays, posting an 0-1 record with a 12.71 ERA. But, when he came back in Mid-May from the Durham Bulls he was better for the rotation and team, putting up great numbers for the rest of the season. On September 14 against the New York Yankees he went 7​23 hitless innings. Ramírez finished the season 11-5 with a 3.75 ERA in 163​13 innings pitched.

In 2016, Ramírez made a more permanent switch to the bullpen, specifically in long relief situations. Ramírez ended the season making appearances in 64 games, throwing 90​23 innings posting a 3.77 ERA.[13]

In 2017, Ramírez started as an important reliever out of the bullpen, but when struggling youngster Blake Snell was demoted, Ramírez was put in the starting rotation.[14] On May 28, Ramírez was forced to come in and get a save in a fifteen inning affair with the Minnesota Twins. On May 29, Ramírez became the first pitcher since Dennis Martinez, Ramírez's childhood idol, to start the next game before receiving a save.[15]

Return to Seattle[edit]

On July 28, 2017, the Rays traded Ramírez back to the Seattle Mariners for Steve Cishek.[16] In August[when?], he hit a sharp grounder past first base against the Atlanta Braves for his first major league base hit and RBI.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Erasmo Ramírez Minor League Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 24, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Stone, Larry (September 5, 2010). "Worldwide scouting web nets Mariners a top prospect". The Seattle Times. The Seattle Times Company. Retrieved September 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ Stone, Larry (October 8, 2009). "A proud time for Bob Engle". The Seattle Times. The Seattle Times Company. Retrieved September 24, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Erasmo Ramirez 50 – P". MiLB.com. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved September 24, 2010. 
  5. ^ "2009 Venezuelan Summer League Pitching Leaders". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved September 24, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Mariners name Alex Liddi Minor League Player of the Year; Erasmo Ramírez named Pitcher of the Year". MLB.com. September 10, 2010. Retrieved September 24, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Erasmo Ramirez Joins LumberKings". OurSportsCentral.com. OurSports Central. April 17, 2010. Retrieved September 24, 2010. 
  8. ^ Dybas, Todd (September 17, 2010). "Mariners hand out Minor League Awards to Poythress, Pineda". Seattle-Post Intelligencer. Hearst Seattle Media, LLC. Retrieved September 24, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Mariners Name Rich Poythress Minor League Player of the Year; Michael Pineda Named Pitcher of the Year". OurSportsCentral.com. OurSports Central. September 18, 2010. Retrieved September 24, 2010. 
  10. ^ Lommers, Aaron (July 16, 2013). "Mariners pitchers to start for AquaSox". The Herald. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  11. ^ Lommers, Aaron (July 17, 2013). "AquaSox hang on to beat Vancouver 7-6". The Herald. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Seattle sends Ramirez to Tampa Bay for Montgomery". ESPN.com. Associated Press. March 31, 2015. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Erasmo Ramirez 2017 Pitching Gamelogs | Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved June 3, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Rays' Erasmo Ramirez: Moving into rotation". CBSSports.com. Retrieved June 3, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Rays' Ramirez 1st pitcher since '84 to start day after save". USA TODAY. Retrieved June 3, 2017. 
  16. ^ Johns, Greg (July 28, 2017). "Mariners acquire Ramirez in swap for Cishek". MLB.com. Retrieved July 28, 2017. 

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