Ramirez with the Minnesota Twins
October 25, 1985 |
Baní, Dominican Republic
|May 20, 2009 for the Detroit Tigers|
(through 2013 season)
|Runs batted in||11|
Wilkin Emilio Ramírez (born October 25, 1985) is Dominican professional baseball outfielder in the Minnesota Twins organization. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Detroit Tigers, Atlanta Braves and the Twins.
Ramírez signed with the Detroit Tigers at the age of 17 as an undrafted free agent in 2003. He began playing for the Gulf Coast Tigers in the Gulf Coast League in 2003, but missed the entire 2004 season due to a shoulder injury. In 2005 he joined the Low-A West Michigan Whitecaps in the Midwest League, where he established himself as a prospect by hitting 16 home runs with 21 stolen bases. Whitecaps manager Matt Walbeck praised Ramirez's work ethic: "He's got a very good attitude, he likes to play." Baseball America named him the #5 prospect in the organization. In 2006 he played for the Single A Lakeland Flying Tigers, where he dealt with injuries that shortened his season. In 2007 he split time between Lakeland and the Erie SeaWolves of the Double A Eastern League. 2008 saw Ramírez spend most of the season in Erie before earning a call-up to the Triple A Toledo Mud Hens. After the 2008 season Ramírez was named the 6th best Tigers prospect by Baseball America.
Ramírez has also participated in the Dominican Winter League.
He had his contract purchased by the Braves on May 22, 2011.
Ramirez signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins on November 17, 2012. He made his 2013 season debut with the Twins in the bottom of the 6th inning on April 1. In his debut, Ramirez unofficially became the 5,000,000 appearance in Major League Baseball. He was outrighted off the roster on October 22, 2013. He re-signed with the Twins on a minor league contract on December 23, 2014. He re-signed with the Twins on a minor league contract on January 7, 2015. On January 12, 2015 he was assigned to AAA Rochester Red Wings.
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