Ramon Ramirez (ramirra02)
Ramon Emilio Ramirez
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 190 lb.
Ramon Ramirez was signed by scout Cornelio Pena for the Texas Rangers in December 1996. He debuted as an outfielder for the DSL Rangers in 1997, hitting .245/.335/.351, but was released the following June. Ramirez resurfaced when he joined the Hiroshima Carp Dominican Republic academy in 2000. Ramirez officially joined the Carp in 2002, where he pitched in two games, not factoring in a decision with a 3 ERA.
Ramirez was posted via the Posting System in February 2003 to the New York Yankees for a total of $300,050. In his first year with the Yankees' organization, he went 3-10 with a 4.43 ERA in 20 games with the A Tampa Yankees, AA Trenton Thunder, and the AAA Columbus Clippers. He was named the number five ranked pitcher in the Yankees organization by Baseball America that year. During, Ramirez's second year with the Yankees he started out at Columbus, struggling going 0-3 with a 8.50 ERA in 4 starts, as a result he was sent down to Trenton where he went 4-6 with a 4.62 ERA in 18 starts. He had the top K/per 9 IP ratio among all Eastern League starters that year with 10.1K/9IP. Again, Ramirez opened up the 2005 season with Columbus, but struggled again going 1-3 with a 5.33 ERA in 6 games, and was sent back to Trenton, where he went 6-5 with a 3.84 ERA in 15 games.
The Yankees traded Ramirez to the Colorado Rockies with minor league pitcher Eduardo Sierra on June 28, 2005 for pitcher Shawn Chacon. Ramirez was assigned to the AA Tulsa Drillers where he went 2-1 with a 5.33 ERA in 9 games. In 2006, he made his big league debut as a member of the Rockies' bullpen and got into 61 games, going 4-3 with a 3.46 ERA. He pitched for the Rockies in 2007, but had a terrible year, going 2-2, 8.31 in 22 games and was back in AAA by the time the Rockies made their unexpected run to the 2007 World Series. He was then sent to the Kansas City Royals in 2008, where he pitched quite well as a middle reliever. In 71 games, he was 3-2 with an excellent 2.64 ERA. After the season, the Boston Red Sox acquired him in return for outfielder Coco Crisp and he became a key man out of the Sox bullpen in 2009, going 7-4, 2.84 in 70 outings.
In 2010, Ramirez was sent from the Red Sox to the San Francisco Giants at the trading deadline. He was 0-3, 4.46 in 44 games for the Red Sox, but was lights out for the Giants, giving up only 3 runs (2 earned) in 27 innings over 25 mound appearances. However, he has been absolutely atrocious in all of his postseason appearances. During the 2009 ALDS, he allowed all three Los Angeles Angels batters he faced to reach base - two of them scored - without retiring anyone in his sole presence. In 2010, he was charged with the loss in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Atlanta Braves when he gave up an 11th-inning homer to Rick Ankiel. In the NLCS, he allowed 3 runs on 3 hits and a walk in one inning of work against the Philadelphia Phillies, then in World Series, while his teammates were stifling the Texas Rangers' bats, he gave up two more runs in one inning of work. The Giants won the World Championship however, in spite of his efforts. Thus far, in 6 postseason outings, he has compiled an ERA of 18.00, with 8 runs, 6 hits (2 home runs) and 3 walks over 4 innings of work.
Ramirez had another good year in 2011, going 3-3, 2.62 with 4 saves in 66 outings for the Giants. He struck out 66 batters in 68 2/3 innings. On December 6th, the Giants traded him, along with OF Andres Torres, to the New York Mets in return for OF Angel Pagan.