Tigers in EST: Wilfredo Ramirez

Wilfredo Ramirez spent the first three years of his professional career in the Cleveland Indians organization.  The left-hander signed a free agent contract with the Indians in 2005 and made his professional debut the following summer in the Dominican Summer League.  He started 14 games for the DSL Indians, pitching 81.2 innings and posting a 2.31 ERA.

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In 2007, Ramirez was brought stateside to play in the Gulf Coast League.  He was moved to the bullpen, pitching 27.2 innings in relief and posting a 2.60 ERA.  He also showed excellent command, recording 27 strikeouts and only 4 walks.

Ramirez was promoted to the New York-Penn League in 2008, spending his final season in the Indians organization with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.  He pitched 28.2 innings and posted a 3.77 ERA to go along with a very good 23 to 5 strikeout to walk ratio.

Despite his solid numbers, Ramirez was released by the Indians in February 2009, but he was not unemployed for long.  Seeing potential in the 6-foot-4 left-hander, the Tigers inked Ramirez to a contract in May.

Ramirez was unable to obtain a visa to play in the United States, so he spent the 2009 season with the Tigers Venezuelan Summer League affiliate, posting a 3.84 ERA in 61.0 innings pitched.  Clearly more advanced than his younger opponents, Ramirez had the best season of his career.  His ERA was inflated by an unlucky .393 BABIP, but his strikeout (9.6 SO/9) and walk rates  (1.0 BB/9) were the best of his career.

After obtaining his visa, Ramirez reported to Lakeland, Fla. for fall Instructional League and is currently in extended spring training.  He will probably begin his 2010 season with the Connecticut Tigers, but he has the opportunity to move up the ladder quickly thanks to his excellent command.  Ramirez’s TigsTown.com profile says he throws an 88-89 mph fastball, a curveball and a changeup.

Name: Wilfredo Ramirez

DOB: Nov. 24, 1987

Birthplace: Barcelona, Venezuela

Bats-Throws: Left-Left

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