Dodger Prospect #40 - RHP Miguel Ramirez

Continuing the series on the top 50 Dodger prospects as we count down to the very best. Player ratings will be published Monday through Friday each week. Today we highlight #40, RHP Miguel Ramirez who has spent most of his professional career as a closer.

RHP MIGUEL RAMIREZ
6-0 180 BR TR
Born-July 15, 1983 Vicente Noble, DR
Signed as a free agent August, 2002
Rating 2008 #50


Many times closers are converted to that job along the way, however, Ramirez has been one almost from the outset. As such he has steadily risen through the system.

He has moved slowly, but almost always upwards, taking some time to master the next higher classification.

In 2007, he spent most of the year in the bullpen for Great Lakes where he did an excellent job, going 2-1 with a 1.57 ERA, gaining 15 saves for a team that didn't win all that many. He was promoted to Inland Empire toward the end of the season where he won his lone decision and picked up another save although he was also treated roughly on another occasion to wind up with a 7.27 ERA.

Last season, again pitching for a young Loons team that didn't score many runs and he led the Dodgers minor leagues with 20 saves, working 43 games and posting a 4.29 ERA.

He throws a fast ball in the low 80's and gets good movement out of it and his breaking pitches. They have earned him 271 strikeouts in 252 innings. He seems to have the mentality needed to come into tight spots and throw quality stuff

He'll be 25 and probably open 2009 with Inland Empire.

RHP Miguel Ramirez

year	team    w-l  era  gm   gs   sv   in  h  bb  so  whip
2003  SDomingo	1-2  3.86  15   0    5   23  23   5  27  1.42
2004  GCLeague	1-5  5.44  15   8    1   48  58  15  39  1.52
2005  GCLeague  0-1  1.64  15   0   12   22  20   4  22  1.09
  Ogden         0-0  2.31   7   0    0   23   9   3  21  1.03
2006  VBeach    0-0  0.00   1   0    0    2   0   0   3  0.00
  Ogden         2-3  3.82  25   0    8   35  26   9  46  1.00
2007  GreatLks  2-1  1.57  41   0   15   52  44  30  56  1.43   
  InEmpire      1-0  7.27   6   0    1    9  11   7  10  2.08	
2008  GreatLks	2-9  4.29  43   0   20   50  56  32  47  1.75     	
  Totals       9-21  3.57 168   0   55  252 247 105 271  1.41

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