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Erasmo Jose Ramirez Olivera

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 205 lb.

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Erasmo Ramirez made it to the majors at age 21.

Ramirez signed with the Seattle Mariners in September 2007; the scouts were Ubaldo Heredia and Bob Engel. He made his pro debut with the 2008 VSL Mariners, going 4-1 with a 2.86 ERA and walking only 9 in 63 innings. Back with the same club the next summer, he dominated the Venezuelan Summer League, going 11-1 with a 0.51 ERA. He fanned 80 and walked 5 in 88 innings while allowing a .174 average. He was named the VSL Most Valuable Pitcher and the Mariners Minor League Pitcher of the Year (an impressive feat for someone in a rookie league). He led the VSL in wins, ERA, strikeouts and innings for a pitching Triple Crown.

In 2010, he made it stateside with the Clinton Lumber Kings and went 10-4 with a save and a 2.97 ERA, walking only 21 in 151 2/3 IP. He was among the Midwest League leaders in wins (5th), innings (3rd) and ERA (5th). He made the MWL All-Star team as the right-handed starting pitcher. Baseball America rated him as having the best control in the MWL though they did not rank him as one of the league's top 20 prospects.

The Rivas native split 2011 between the Jackson Generals (7-6, 4.73) and Tacoma Rainiers (3-2, 5.10), continuing to show fine control (34 walks in 153 2/3 IP) but proving more hittable than in the past (.290 opponent average). He still led the Seattle farm chain in victories. He was 2-1 with a 1.48 ERA for the Cardenales de Lara in the Venezuelan League that winter, only walking one batter in 30 1/3 innings. He was named the Nicaragua Athlete of the Year for 2011 by the Instituto Nacional de Deportes.

After a strong spring training, Ramirez made the 2012 Mariners' Opening Day roster. He was the second major leaguer named Erasmo - after another Erasmo Ramirez oddly enough. He was also the 12th Nicaraguan major leaguer and the 9th Nicaraguan major league pitcher. In his big league debut, he relieved Hector Noesi with a 7-5 deficit in the 4th inning of a slugfest with the Rangers. He retired Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus but then served up a home run to Josh Hamilton. He allowed no further runs in 2 1/3 innings, fanning 3, before Steve Delabar relieved Ramirez.

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