POSITION: Right-handed pitcher
BORN ON: July 8, 1985
AGE: Will turn 23 this summer
BORN IN: Azua, Dominican Republic
LIVES IN: Azua, Dominican Republic
SCHOOL: Esc. Prim. Toabara
ACQUIRED: Signed by the Braves as a non-drafted free agent on September 19, 2003
SIGNED BY: Elvis Pineda and Julian Perez
STATISTICSClick here for Ramirez's 2007 stats
SCOUTING REPORTAfter some outstanding numbers in three straight seasons in the Dominican Summer League, Ramirez was brought over to the states and started his season at Danville. He pitched mainly in relief and walked too many batters (15) and struck out a lot (33) in 33.2 innings of work.
The Braves really like his arm action, but there are some questions about his competitiveness. He's got natural movement on his pitches, a natural sinking motion. He's got three quality pitches, although his slider is inconsistent. When he's got it on, he can throw it as a strike to anybody. The slider was developed a lot last year, and the Braves will continue to work on it in 2008.
Ramirez really just needs more game experience. Even though he's 22 years old, Ramirez just needs more time at the lower levels to develop his game. The Braves believe Ramirez is more of a reliever, and that will probably be his role this season.
2008 OUTLOOKThe Braves will give Ramirez a chance to be a starting pitcher, but chances are he'll head to Rome as a reliever. There's a shot he could intrigue them enough to keep him behind at Extended Spring Training, and then head out to Danville to be apart of that rotation. But the Braves believe he'll get more development out of the bullpen with consistent work, so expect him to be in the South Atlantic League in 2008.
Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look inside the Braves‘ traditional scouting and player development philosophies. Email Bill at email@example.com.