Ramirez All Business

CHARLESTON, SC - After an impressive 2009 stint in the GCL, Jose Ramirez is prepared to build on that momentum as he begins the new season with the Charleston RiverDogs. A native of the Dominican Republic, Ramirez posted strong statistics last year. Named the MLB.com Short-Season Pitcher of the Year, he had a record of 6 wins and no losses with an era of 1.48.

Jose Ramirez, speaking with the assistance of a translator, felt that spring training went well for him and was a very good experience. Going into camp his goals were to improve his command of his pitches and to throw strikes.

He also felt that he was getting a little bit underneath the ball and he worked to maintain a consistent arm angle. Now that spring training has ended, Ramirez would like to continue working to improve his balance. Only 20 years old, Ramirez displays great composure on the mound. The RiverDogs pitching coach, Jeff Ware, is impressed by his calm attitude.

"He's laid back, but in a business-like manner," Ware opined. "He's even-keeled and gets all of his work done out there."

Ramirez possesses a strong competitive spirit, but does not show his emotions while on the mound.

"He does not have an exaggerated competitiveness, but I can see it in his eyes," Ware explained. "He is not going to be one of those rah-rah, fist pumping guys. He is just going to go about his business, whether he is pitching well or not."

Ramirez pitched five strong innings Sunday night in his first start with the RiverDogs. He allowed no walks and struck out six batters. His third pitch, the curveball, proved to be the most effective that night. But he also possesses a major league fastball that comes in at the low to mid 90 mph range and a plus changeup.

"His changeup has good sink, good fade to it. It is a swing and miss kind of pitch. It is going to help him on the days when the breaking ball isn't going so well," said Ware.

RiverDogs catcher Kyle Higashioka has only caught for Ramirez three times but feels that he shows composure and appears to handle pressure well. He agrees with Ware that Ramirez' best pitches are the fastball and changeup.

"He has a tailing fastball and a couple of good offspeed pitches that throw hitters off and are pretty deceptive," Higashioka said. "He throws hard and has pretty good stuff."

Ramirez is prepared and ready to play at this level and believes that he can perform well. He is eager to establish himself as one of the better pitching prospects in the organization.

"God willing, I will be there and I am going to work my best to do that," Ramirez stated.

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\r\n \r\n\r\nJose Ramirez, speaking with the assistance of a translator, felt that spring training went well for him and was a very good experience. Going into camp his goals were to improve his command of his pitches and to throw strikes.
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\r\nHe also felt that he was getting a little bit underneath the ball and he worked to maintain a consistent arm angle. Now that spring training has ended, Ramirez would like to continue working to improve his balance.\r\nOnly 20 years old, Ramirez displays great composure on the mound. The RiverDogs pitching coach, Jeff Ware, is impressed by his calm attitude.
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\r\n\"He's laid back, but in a business-like manner,\" Ware opined. \"He's even-keeled and gets all of his work done out there.\"
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\r\nRamirez possesses a strong competitive spirit, but does not show his emotions while on the mound.
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\r\n\"He does not have an exaggerated competitiveness, but I can see it in his eyes,\" Ware explained. \"He is not going to be one of those rah-rah, fist pumping guys. He is just going to go about his business, whether he is pitching well or not.\"
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\r\nRamirez pitched five strong innings Sunday night in his first start with the RiverDogs. He allowed no walks and struck out six batters. His third pitch, the curveball, proved to be the most effective that night. But he also possesses a major league fastball that comes in at the low to mid 90 mph range and a plus changeup.
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\r\n\"His changeup has good sink, good fade to it. It is a swing and miss kind of pitch. It is going to help him on the days when the breaking ball isn't going so well,\" said Ware.
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\r\nRiverDogs catcher Kyle Higashioka has only caught for Ramirez three times but feels that he shows composure and appears to handle pressure well. He agrees with Ware that Ramirez' best pitches are the fastball and changeup.
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\r\n\"He has a tailing fastball and a couple of good offspeed pitches that throw hitters off and are pretty deceptive,\" Higashioka said. \"He throws hard and has pretty good stuff.\"
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\r\nRamirez is prepared and ready to play at this level and believes that he can perform well. He is eager to establish himself as one of the better pitching prospects in the organization.
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\r\n\"God willing, I will be there and I am going to work my best to do that,\" Ramirez stated.
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