Ramirez with the Chicago Cubs in 2014
|San Francisco Giants – No. 59|
May 25, 1989 |
Virginia Beach, Virginia
|April 25, 2014, for the Chicago Cubs|
(through July 18, 2016)
|Earned run average||3.09|
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.
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 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, 2013, 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.
San Francisco Giants
Ramirez married Tiffany in October 2014.
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