Neil Ramirez

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Neil Ramirez
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Ramirez with the Chicago Cubs in 2014
San Francisco Giants – No. 59
Born: (1989-05-25) May 25, 1989 (age 27)
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 25, 2014, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
(through July 18, 2016)
Win–loss record 4–3
Earned run average 3.09
Strikeouts 92
WHIP 1.27
Saves 3

Neil Andrew Ramirez (born May 25, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the San Francisco Giants organization. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers, and Minnesota Twins.

Professional career[edit]

Texas Rangers[edit]

Ramirez was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the first round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft out of Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He then spent six years in the Rangers' farm system, playing 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 in place of Eric Hurley who was placed on the disabled list with viral infection. Prior to his promotion, on July 15, Ramirez was sent to rehab in Double-A Frisco, Texas due to a sore shoulder. He was quoted as saying to that the absence had not bothered him.[1]

Ramirez pitching for the Round Rock Express, triple-A affiliates of the Texas Rangers, in 2012

On November 18, 2011, Ramirez was added to the Rangers' 40-man roster.[2]

Chicago Cubs[edit]

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.[3] On Monday June 9, 2013, he struck out 23 players while having only .71 walks plus hits per inning pitched rating.[4]

On June 5, 2014, Ramirez earned his first career save in a victory over the New York Mets.

Milwaukee Brewers[edit]

On May 31, 2016, Ramirez was claimed off waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers.[5]

Minnesota Twins[edit]

On June 12, 2016, Ramirez was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Twins.[6]

San Francisco Giants[edit]

During the 2016 offseason, Ramirez signed a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants.[7]

Scouting report[edit]

According to Baseball America, Ramirez is 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) tall, weighs 210 pounds (95 kg), and can throw his fastball at 97 miles per hour (156 km/h).[8]


Ramirez married Tiffany in October 2014.[9]


  1. ^ Louie Horvath (August 17, 2011). "Prospect Ramirez not deterred by sore shoulder". Archived from the original on April 22, 2014. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ "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. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "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. 
  5. ^ Todd, Jeff (May 31, 2016). "Brewers Claim Neil Ramirez". Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  6. ^ Byrne, Connor (June 12, 2016). "Twins Claim Neil Ramirez". Retrieved June 12, 2016. 
  7. ^ Eddy, Matt (December 5, 2016). "Minor League Transactions: Nov. 19-Dec. 1". Retrieved December 7, 2016. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ Muskat, Carrie (December 23, 2015). "Ramirez makes life-changing trip to Haitian orphanage". Retrieved June 7, 2016. 

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