The newest Royal: Ramon Ramirez

As we all know, the Royals yesterday parted with a player to be named later for 26-year-old RH reliever Ramon Ramirez.  

Just call him Max Effort

Here's what Baseball America had to say about the trade:

Released by the Rangers after one season as an outfielder in the Dominican Summer League in 1997, Ramirez signed with the Hiroshima Carp as a pitcher in 2002 but pitched just three innings in the Japanese majors. After he impressed Yankees scouts in winter ball, they outbid the Phillies by purchasing his rights from the Carp for $350,000. The Rockies picked him in their trade of Shawn Chacon to the Yankees at the 2005 trade deadline. At his best, Ramirez pitches at 92-94 mph with his fastball and complements it with a tilting slider and a changeup. Though he carries with him the stigma of being a short righthander (he's listed at 5-foot-11, 190 pounds), Ramirez found big league success in 2006 when he was perhaps Colorado's finest rookie performer. He appeared in 61 games, going 3-4, 3.46 with 61 strikeouts and 27 walks in 68 innings. Ramirez crashed back to earth in 2007, posting an 8.31 ERA in 17 innings of work as he pitched through a strain near his right elbow. He was fine for Triple-A Colorado Springs, though, going 4-0, 2.28 with a 35-16 K-BB ratio in 28 innings last season.

Quick Take
Feeling better this spring, Ramirez reportedly can throw his breaking ball without pain, making him a worthwhile gamble for the Royals.

He was once in the Yankees organization.  Don't hold it against him.

The stats:

2006 3.46 ERA, 67.2 IP, 58 H, 5 HR, 27 BB, 61 SO, 1.256 WHIP
2007 8.31 ERA, 17.1 IP, 21 H, 2 HR, 6 BB, 15 SO, 1.558 WHIP

Career stats away from Coors Field:

1.08 ERA 33.1 IP, 26 H, 1 HR, 13 BB, 27 K, 1.172 WHIP

Meaningless 2008 spring training stats:

1.34 ERA, 13.2 IP, 7 H, 1 HR, 3 BB, 14 K, 0.730 WHIP (updated 3/27)

He appears to be a younger version of Joel Peralta.  They are both short for a major league pitcher at 5'11", but both have pretty good velocity and strikeout rates.  Ramirez gets a few more strikeouts and Peralta allows a few fewer walks.  Of course, the sample size for Ramirez's stats is very small, so he could go in any number of directions.  Clearly Moore and his people like Ramirez and his stuff.  The good news from spring training is that it's clear that he's pitching without pain and he's able to throw all of his pitches, including his very good breaking ball.

Rockies fans clearly liked Ramirez and were excited to see what he'd do this year.  Here is a sampling of the comments I've read:

  • As a Rockies fan I am sorry to see this guy go he has great stuff but the rocks have given Wells 3.1 so we are keeping hime instead here are Ramirez's spring numbers
  • Last year in the majors he went 17 appearances (of 22 total) without giving up a run, and didn't give up a run in any of his 11 Road games. His BB could of course be a little lower, but its something you can get away with in the Pen quite often... Although just a BP arm, this could be a great pickup for the Royals and the change away from Colorado could have a rather dramatic looking effect on a rather skilled looking Ramirez.
  • We are definately sad to see him go he was what we got for Shaun Chacon from the Yanks since Chacon was from here(Greeley High school) and had that allstar year(before the break) we had some sentiment on that one. Good luck to Ramon I wouldn't be suprised to see him as the set up guy for Soria by seasons end
  • I'm a little disappointed to hear Ramon Ramirez was traded to KC today. I had a feeling he would emerge this year and challenge for the 8th inning role.
  • I couldn't find any Rockies fan who was happy he's gone.  He's no Jorge De La Rosa.

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