Ramirez Making The Adjustment

TAMPA, FL - The start of the 2012 season for Jose Ramirez has been a roll coaster ride, but after being named Florida State League pitcher of the week recently, the 22-year-old right hander from the Dominican Republic has shown the game he and his coaches have seen inside of him the whole time.

"My slider and changeup were not working like I wanted in the beginning of the year," Ramirez said through the help of a translator. "My location was not where I wanted it to be during this time frame either."

"He wasn't repeating his delivery very well," pitching coach Jeff Ware said about Ramirez's start of the season. "His arm slot was changing from pitch to pitch and batter to batter, and we just got him to buy into this delivery we have been working towards and now he's repeating his arm slot and it's helping him to locate his pitches a lot better."

With the improved command, came improved results for Ramirez. After starting the season off giving up 11 runs in his first two starts, his improved command has help Ramirez give up only 11 runs in his last six games combined.

The highlight of this turnaround for Ramirez was May 4th when he pitched six strong innings of two hit baseball against the Bradenton Marauders. He also struck out 10 batters in the game, leading to the honor of pitcher of the week for Ramirez.

"I feel happy and glad that I got the chance to be named pitcher of the week," Ramirez said. "I feel like an award like this shows and validates the hard work I'm putting into my game."

"It's a huge confidence builder for him," Ware said about Ramirez winning pitcher of the week. " "He's had so many up's and down's in his young career, to have an award come like this during the first month of the season, along with a new pitch he is just starting to throw is tremendous."

That new pitch in Ramirez's arsenal is his slider. He has just started to work this pitch into official game situations this year and with confidence in this pitch came results.

"At the start of the year I was struggling with the slider, so I was only going fastball and changeup," Ramirez said. "Now I have the slider working much better and everything is going well and that's good for me right now."

The improvement in the slider did not come without hard work for pitcher and staff alike.

"We just had to build his confidence in the pitch, through his bullpens and side work," Ware said. "We just needed to show him the ability and quickness of his slider.

"In Spring Training I think he saw some signs of how that slider can be an effective pitch for him, and with this being his first year actually throwing a true slider, it is a very different pitch from what you were seeing him throw in the past.

"I think though once he started throwing the pitch in Tampa and seeing how it could be effective and just as good as his changeup going the other way, I think he is buying into the thought process we've been teaching him about it."

Ramirez has worked hard since his early season struggles with the slider.

"I changed my arm angle from where I started the season because it is not where I wanted it but it is much better now," Ramirez said.

With three solid pitches under his belt, Ramirez has high hopes for his future.

"I just want to keep working hard so I can get out and move up levels within the organization," Ramirez added.

"I think he can be a big league pitcher," Ware said. "With the deception on his fastball as well as the movement, along with the development of his other pitches, especially his slider, I could see him as a starter on the big league level."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"My slider and changeup were not working like I wanted in the beginning of the year,\" Ramirez said through the help of a translator. \"My location was not where I wanted it to be during this time frame either.\"
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\r\n\"He wasn't repeating his delivery very well,\" pitching coach Jeff Ware said about Ramirez's start of the season. \"His arm slot was changing from pitch to pitch and batter to batter, and we just got him to buy into this delivery we have been working towards and now he's repeating his arm slot and it's helping him to locate his pitches a lot better.\"
\r\n
\r\nWith the improved command, came improved results for Ramirez. After starting the season off giving up 11 runs in his first two starts, his improved command has help Ramirez give up only 11 runs in his last six games combined.
\r\n
\r\nThe highlight of this turnaround for Ramirez was May 4th when he pitched six strong innings of two hit baseball against the Bradenton Marauders. He also struck out 10 batters in the game, leading to the honor of pitcher of the week for Ramirez.
\r\n
\r\n\"I feel happy and glad that I got the chance to be named pitcher of the week,\" Ramirez said. \"I feel like an award like this shows and validates the hard work I'm putting into my game.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"It's a huge confidence builder for him,\" Ware said about Ramirez winning pitcher of the week. \" \"He's had so many up's and down's in his young career, to have an award come like this during the first month of the season, along with a new pitch he is just starting to throw is tremendous.\"
\r\n
\r\nThat new pitch in Ramirez's arsenal is his slider. He has just started to work this pitch into official game situations this year and with confidence in this pitch came results.
\r\n
\r\n\"At the start of the year I was struggling with the slider, so I was only going fastball and changeup,\" Ramirez said. \"Now I have the slider working much better and everything is going well and that's good for me right now.\"
\r\n
\r\nThe improvement in the slider did not come without hard work for pitcher and staff alike.
\r\n
\r\n\"We just had to build his confidence in the pitch, through his bullpens and side work,\" Ware said. \"We just needed to show him the ability and quickness of his slider.
\r\n
\r\n\"In Spring Training I think he saw some signs of how that slider can be an effective pitch for him, and with this being his first year actually throwing a true slider, it is a very different pitch from what you were seeing him throw in the past.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think though once he started throwing the pitch in Tampa and seeing how it could be effective and just as good as his changeup going the other way, I think he is buying into the thought process we've been teaching him about it.\"
\r\n
\r\nRamirez has worked hard since his early season struggles with the slider.
\r\n
\r\n\"I changed my arm angle from where I started the season because it is not where I wanted it but it is much better now,\" Ramirez said.
\r\n
\r\nWith three solid pitches under his belt, Ramirez has high hopes for his future.
\r\n
\r\n\"I just want to keep working hard so I can get out and move up levels within the organization,\" Ramirez added.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think he can be a big league pitcher,\" Ware said. \"With the deception on his fastball as well as the movement, along with the development of his other pitches, especially his slider, I could see him as a starter on the big league level.\"
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