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Ramirez has nearly been perfect

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on May 27, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

ph_469735.jpgSo what are we to make of Edwar Ramirez?

He has appeared in 19 games this season for Scranton and the Yankees. Check out this line:

21.2 innings
9 hits
0 runs
7 walks
28 strikeouts

His major-league line (11 games): 12.2 7 0 0 6 15.

So do the Yankees have a skinny Trevor Hoffman in their midst or this a two-month mirage? It’s hard to say. The more Ramirez pitched last season, the harder he got hit. Opposing hitters learned to sit on his changeup and he ended the season having allowed six homers in 21 innings. He also walked too many hitters.

Edwar sought the advice of Pedro Martinez over the winter and Mariano Rivera this spring. Both told him the same thing: You have to establish your fastball before you can exploit that changeup. Now we’ll see how the hitters make their adjustment.

As the Yankees try and decide who takes what role in the bullpen, Ramirez has to given a shot. In this year of discovery, maybe he’s a gem waiting to be found.




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