Miguel Ramirez -- Prospect #50

Fifth in a series on top Dodger prospects as we count down to the very best.

Position- Relief Pitcher
Residence- Fondo Negro, D.R.
DOB- July 15, 1983
Ht.- 5-11
B/T- R/R
05 Clubs- GCL Dodgers (Rookie), Ogden (Rookie)

In 2004, Ramirez came over from the Dominican Republic to hardly look the part of a prospect. Oh, he had the state-of-the-art fast ball that so many seem to but as a starting pitcher he invariably ran into trouble and couldn't seem to get out of it.

The result was a 1-5, 5.44 record despite the fact that he struck out 39 batters in 48 innings.

The solution was found by putting him in the bullpen where he was able to come in and go all out for short periods. He became the closer for the Gulf Coast team and wound up with an 0-1 record but with a 1.64 ERA this time around, fanning 22 in 22 innings. He saved five games for a team that much of the season didn't have a lot to save by the time he got to pitch.

Promoted to Ogden for the stretch run, he looked good there , too, holding opponents to a .209 batting average and a 2.31 ERA in the 11.2 innings he got to work.

Then, he furthered his chances with a fine showing in the Instructional League as he worked on adding a sharper curve to the undeniable heat he throws.

He could be promoted to Columbus next year but it's more likely he could be the closer for Ogden.

He's only managed two wins in three professional seasons and he's not a big guy but, nonetheless, he's becoming a pitcher to scrutinize closely.

Previous selections:
#51 -- OF Ryan Carter
#52 -- RHP Casey Hoorelbeke
#53 -- OF Trayvon Robinson
#54 -- RHP Ramon Troncoso