PP 2004 Scouting Report: Pitcher, Ramon Ramirez

The New York Yankees came to terms on a minor league contract with right-handed pitcher Ramon Ramirez after obtaining his rights from the Hiroshima Carp of the Japanese Central League. Under the Posting System, the negotiating rights for Japanese players can be sold to the major league team making the highest bid. Kazuhisa Ishii of the Los Angles Dodgers, and Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners were both brought to the Major Leagues through the Posting System.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Ramon Ramirez
Position: Right Handed Pitcher
DOB: August 31, 1981
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 170
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
How Acquired: Purchased right's from Hiroshima Carp of the Japanese Central League in 2002, for 350,000.


Ramon Ramirez played only two games for the Hiroshima Carp where he displayed a blazing fastball averaging 94mph. He ended his short season with a 0-0 record, posting a 3.00 ERA. The Yankees won his services with a bid of 350,000 then quickly agreed to terms on a minor league contract.

As a member of the Arizona Fall league, Ramirez was a shining star, displaying the velocity and control the Yankees acquired him for. The Dominican right-hander tossed five scoreless innings, yielding three hits while only walking one. On October 29th 2003, Ramirez won his second straight start in a 6-4 victory over Peoria, yielding one hit over five innings, dropping his league leading ERA to 1.80. His performance even earned him praise from fellow Red Sox scouts, "the kid's young and throws gas. The fact that the Yankees beat out the competition for the rights to negotiate with the kid should only serve to add fuel to the already raging, anti-Yankees fire."

In 2003 Ramirez was assigned to play for the Tampa Yankees of the Florida State League where he pitched along side many future Yankees, such as Jose Contreras, Adrian (El Duquecito) Hernandez, Jon Lieber, former Yankee fifth starter Christian Parker, and rehabbing left handed reliever Gabe White.

Year

Team

W-L

IP

H

BB

SO

ERA

2003

Columbus

0-1

6

5

1

5

4.50

2003

Trenton

1-1

21.1

18

8

21

1.69

2003

Tampa

2-8

74.1

88

20

70

5.21


* Stats as of 9/7/03.

Repertoire. Fastball, Curveball, Change.

Fastball. Ramirez is a hard thrower, consistently in the mid 90's. How well he spots his curve and change-up will dictate whether he can remain a starter, or develop into a short reliever.

Other Pitches. Ramirez has a curve, and a change-up, but his out pitch is the fastball. Like former Yankee Hideki Irabu, he needs to start getting his other pitches over to get major league hitters out.

Pitching. At 22, most in the Yankee organization still consider Ramirez a thrower. His stuff is electric, but needs to develop if he wants to remain a starter. His transition from the Arizona Fall League to Tampa was not as smooth as some had hoped, but he became more confident once he arrived in Trenton, and then Columbus.

Projection. Starter, possible set-up man or closer. With his blazing fastball, Ramirez might follow in the footstep of Mariano Rivera. Both were starters in the minors and lacked the secondary pitch to make them frontline starters.

ETA. 2004-2005. It might be sooner then later for Ramirez. If he shows good control there may be a September call-up for this young hard thrower. At the major league level expect him to start in the bullpen while the Yankees look for future set-up men and closers.

Starting Pitchers Team
Jorge De Paula AAA - Columbus Clippers
Alex Graman AAA - Columbus Clippers
Christian Parker AAA - Columbus Clippers
Eric Schmitt AAA - Columbus Clippers
Andy Beal AA - Trenton Thunder
Eddie Candelario AA - Trenton Thunder
Brad Halsey AA - Trenton Thunder
Javier Ortiz AA - Trenton Thunder
Edison Reynoso AA - Trenton Thunder
Chien-Ming Wang AA - Trenton Thunder
Sean Henn A - Tampa Yankees
Dave Martinez A - Tampa Yankees
Mark Phillips A - Tampa Yankees
Jose Garcia A - Tampa Yankees
Jose Valdez A - Tampa Yankees
Ray Clark A - Battle Creek Yankees
Jon Skaggs A - Battle Creek Yankees
Matthew DeSalvo A - Battle Creek Yankees
Brandon Harmsen A - Staten Island Yankees
Jeffrey Karstens A - Staten Island Yankees
Chase Wright A - Staten Island Yankees
Abel Gomez R - GCL Yankees
Tyler Clippard R - GCL Yankees
Toni Lara R - GCL Yankees
Edgar Soto R - GCL Yankees
Guilermo Villalona R - GCL Yankees


COMMENTS


1. Danny Borrell - Faces the comeback trail after undergoing season-ending surgery on a torn ligament in his left shoulder in the beginning of June. Relies on control.

2. Sean Henn - Been a long road back following Tommy John surgery that knocked him out for all of 2002 season. 16 starts last season, sporting a 3.61 ERA.

3. Chien-Ming Wang - Possesses a great repertoire (FB 90-94 mph, SPL, SL, CU). Health still a concern after missing 2001 with shoulder surgery. Led Staten Island to 2002 NY Penn League title.

4. Alex Graman - Still needs work on command of the strike zone. Varies speeds well between four seam and two seam fastball. Also has a splitter, his best weapon, a slider, and a changeup.

5. Javier Ortiz - Has history of knee and back ailments. Features a FB that rides in the 90-94 range and he will occasionally drop down to a 3/4 arm angle and throw it at 90-92. Tossed a system high 177 innings between SAL and FSL in 2002.

6. Jose Valdez - Unorthodox pitching delivery, but throws between 95-97 mph consistently. Could rocket through the system. Is something special.

7. David Martinez - Rocky 2003, going 5-4 with a 4.79 ERA in 56.1 innings. Can be very wild at times, had 16 wild pitches last season.

8. Andy Beal - Excellent control, just 20 BB in 74.1 IP while with Trenton in 2003. Went 6-0, allowing just 4 HR while striking out 64.

9. Chase Wright - Started fourteen games for Staten Island in 2003, allowed 82 H in 81.0 IP. Has strike out ability and solid control.

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