Ramirez Gaining Confidence

One of the better success stories among the International signees for the Yankees this season has been Jose A. Ramirez with the Gulf Coast League Yankees. A raw hurler with a good arm, he has quickly morphed himself into a more polished pitcher in a short period of time and he's having some instant success with the GCL Yankees in his debut season.

When Jose Ramirez first joined the Gulf Coast League Yankees, he lacked confidence in his pitching ability, which greatly affected his breaking pitches. But now, the changeup is his most developed pitch.

"Now that I've learned the mechanics and the right way to throw [those breaking pitches] then I'm not afraid to let them go," Ramirez said with the help of the translator.

Already 4-0 this season, he's collected 26 strikeouts along with a 2.17 ERA in 29 innings. Ramirez said the two biggest improvements he's made since last year are more consistency, and he's walking less batters.

He throws a fastball that tops 94 MPH, a curveball that ranges from 77 to 81 MPH and a changeup between 76 to 83 MPH.

GCL Yankees' manager Tommy Slater said he's seen Ramirez's boost in confidence and he's been "outstanding."

"His fastball command continues to get better and his changeup has been really good," Slater said. "His breaking ball improves every time out. In my eyes, he's got tremendous stuff and a bright future."

Slater said if players can show they have success in the GCL, then opportunities to move forward will come for them. Slater said Ramirez is certainly having success in the GCL.

Ramirez said his hard work may be opening some eyes in the organization and making impressions "with the way [he's] come back with his breaking pitches and hitting the spots and working on locations."

Pitching Coach Carlos Chantres said there's still a little more improvement to be made in his breaking ball. Right now, Ramirez said he's been working on his fastball the most.

"I'm working on being more aggressive and throwing more fastballs at hitters, because I used to rely on my changeup and curveball and not hitting the spots and not hitting the zones," Ramirez said. "I'm trying to get more aggressive and come after hitters more."

Ramirez said he's just listening to Chantres and making sure he does exactly what they want him to do. Chantres said there's one thing about his game that impresses him the most.

"At first he came here with very little experience about the game and now he knows where to be when the ball is hit, what counts he's got to throw some stuff," Chantres said. "So, he's been learning quite a bit here."

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\r\n \r\n\r\nWhen Jose Ramirez first joined the Gulf Coast League Yankees, he lacked confidence in his pitching ability, which greatly affected his breaking pitches. But now, the changeup is his most developed pitch.
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\r\n\"Now that I've learned the mechanics and the right way to throw [those breaking pitches] then I'm not afraid to let them go,\" Ramirez said with the help of the translator.
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\r\nAlready 4-0 this season, he's collected 26 strikeouts along with a 2.17 ERA in 29 innings. Ramirez said the two biggest improvements he's made since last year are more consistency, and he's walking less batters.
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\r\nHe throws a fastball that tops 94 MPH, a curveball that ranges from 77 to 81 MPH and a changeup between 76 to 83 MPH.
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\r\nGCL Yankees' manager Tommy Slater said he's seen Ramirez's boost in confidence and he's been \"outstanding.\"
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\r\n\"His fastball command continues to get better and his changeup has been really good,\" Slater said. \"His breaking ball improves every time out. In my eyes, he's got tremendous stuff and a bright future.\"
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\r\nSlater said if players can show they have success in the GCL, then opportunities to move forward will come for them. Slater said Ramirez is certainly having success in the GCL.
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\r\nRamirez said his hard work may be opening some eyes in the organization and making impressions \"with the way [he's] come back with his breaking pitches and hitting the spots and working on locations.\"
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\r\nPitching Coach Carlos Chantres said there's still a little more improvement to be made in his breaking ball. Right now, Ramirez said he's been working on his fastball the most.
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\r\n\"I'm working on being more aggressive and throwing more fastballs at hitters, because I used to rely on my changeup and curveball and not hitting the spots and not hitting the zones,\" Ramirez said. \"I'm trying to get more aggressive and come after hitters more.\"
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\r\nRamirez said he's just listening to Chantres and making sure he does exactly what they want him to do. Chantres said there's one thing about his game that impresses him the most.
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\r\n\"At first he came here with very little experience about the game and now he knows where to be when the ball is hit, what counts he's got to throw some stuff,\" Chantres said. \"So, he's been learning quite a bit here.\"
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