Jun 30, 2007


I am unable to watch today's game (which the Yanks currently trail 7-0), so instead I watched last night's Triple-A Scranton game. I was paying special attention to Edwar Ramirez, the 26-year-old Dominican reliever who's been dominating the minors this year. His 'out' pitch is a nasty changeup that dives down almost like a splitter. He was perfect again last night, going three innings striking out six. He had good (not great) command of his 89-90 mph fastball (good enough velocity - I was afraid that a 26-year-old career minor leaguer meant he couldn't throw hard), but great command of the change (I don't know how much slower it is, but by the swings generated, it can't be above 80 mph). He also seemed to have a little slider. Just marvel at his stats this year: 43.1 ip, .62 era, 80 K, 17 BB, 1 HR, .128 baa, .83 whip.
And it's not just this year, as we see from his career minor league stats (prior to 2007): 211.2 ip, 2.90 era, 11.1 K/9, 2.7 BB/9, .6 HR/9, 1.11 whip.
Extremely impressive numbers, which makes the fact that he was released twice by Anaheim even more puzzling. Was their farm system so stacked that a guy like this couldn't make it?

Update 10:30 - in Edwar's previous game (June 24), he hit 92 mph with the fastball and 80 with the changeup. I would call that a big difference, but then when you factor in the movement and command of the changeup, it becomes a plus-plus pitch.

Watching Farnsworth, Myers, Vizcaino and Villone is making me sick. This guy has dominated throughout his career, and it's time he gets a shot in the big leagues.
Don't forget about Chris Britton and Sean Henn, also guys that should be pitching in the Bronx.

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