Cards AFL Interview Series: Ramon Delgado

A chat with Palm Beach Cardinals Reliever of the Year Ramon Delgado from the Arizona Fall League.

As a set up man, right-hander Ramon Delgado had a relatively-anonymous 2010 campaign that was superb in all aspects. In recognition, the three-pitch hurler was assigned to the prestigious Arizona Fall League.

In 38 appearances with A-Advanced Palm Beach during the regular season, the 24-year-old posted an ERA of 1.42. Delgado collected 51 strikeouts and walked only 10 in 50 2/3 innings, for an outstanding 5.1-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio. At Double-A Springfield, he continued his strong results, finishing with a 1.10 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 16 1/3 innings. He allowed only a .164 average against and issued just three free passes.

To read more about Delgado's standout 2010 campaign, click here.

Delgado was a late addition to the West Division roster for Saturday's Rising Stars Showcase in Surprise, Arizona, joining third baseman Zack Cox. He did not appear in the game, won by the West by a 3-2 score.

So far in the AFL, Delgado, 24, a Tucson native, has allowed four earned runs in 9 1/3 innings for a 3.86 ERA and has a 5:2 strikeout to walk ratio over five appearances.

His AFL pitching coach, Brad Holman from the Texas Rangers organization, has been impressed.

"Delgado is just a strike-thrower, the kind of guy you love to have on a staff because you know he is going to come in and throw three pitches for strikes," Holman observed. "It is not lights out from the velocity standpoint. He throws a sinker, slider and a change up, too. He keeps the ball on the ground and as a result, doesn't give up big innings. He is pleasant to have – doesn't say anything. When it is his turn, he takes the ball and does it."

The coach is not overly concerned that Delgado lacks serious heat as he believes there are other more important factors to consider.

"The one intangible that you really can't put a grade on is the strikeability and the approach you take," Holman said. "You can have a guy with the best stuff in the world but he can't get outs. He is always in hitters' counts or what have you.

"Delgado isn't like that. He throws it in the zone and lives with the results and most of the time, it is a ground ball," Holman concluded.

In this exclusive interview for The Cardinal Nation/ subscribers, the first in a series of nine from the Arizona Fall League, Delgado discusses his solid 2010 season, what he is working on in the AFL, his future and more.


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