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Juan Carlos Ramírez (born August 16, 1988) is a Nicaraguan professional baseball pitcher in the Los Angeles Angels organization. He made his big league debut in 2013. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Philadelphia Phillies, Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds, and Los Angeles Angels.

J. C. Ramírez
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Ramírez with the Cincinnati Reds in 2016
Los Angeles Angels
Born: (1988-08-16) August 16, 1988 (age 30)
Managua, Nicaragua
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 23, 2013, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
(through August 12, 2019)
Win–loss record15–19
Earned run average4.71


Professional careerEdit

Seattle MarinersEdit

Ramírez began his professional career in 2006, pitching for the Rookie-Level VSL Mariners. With them, he went 5-1 with a 1.66 ERA in 14 games, 13 starts.

He pitched for the Short-Season Everett Aqua Sox in 2007, posting a 3-7 record and an ERA of 4.30 in 15 games started.

In 2008, he pitched for the Class-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers of the Midwest League, going 6-9 with a 4.14 ERA in 25 games, 22 starts.

With the Class-A Advanced High Desert Mavericks in 2009, he went 8-10 with a 5.12 ERA in 28 games, 27 starts. He was added to the Mariners' 40-man roster on November 20 to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft.[1]

Philadelphia PhilliesEdit

On December 16, 2009, Ramírez was traded with Phillippe Aumont and Tyson Gillies to the Philadelphia Phillies for major league pitcher Cliff Lee.[2][3]

After the 2012 season, Ramirez played for the Nicaraguan national baseball team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic Qualifying Tournament.

On June 22, 2013, Ramirez's contract was selected and was called up to the Phillies after Mike Adams was placed on the disabled list. He made his MLB debut on June 23 in a game against the New York Mets, and struck out the side with his fastball velocity reaching as high as 98 MPH over one inning.

Ramírez was outrighted off the roster on October 16, 2013. He elected to become a free agent on October 18.

Cleveland IndiansEdit

Ramírez signed a minor league deal with the Cleveland Indians on November 1, 2013.

Arizona DiamondbacksEdit

Ramírez signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks prior to the 2015 season.

Seattle MarinersEdit

Ramírez was traded by the Diamondbacks to the Seattle Mariners for cash on July 27, 2015.[4]

Cincinnati RedsEdit

Ramírez signed with the Cincinnati Reds as a free agent on November 25, 2015. He pitched in 27 games for Cincinnati with a 1-3 record, 6.40 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 28 strikeouts before being claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Angels.[5]

Los Angeles AngelsEdit

Ramírez was claimed off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds on June 26, 2016.[6] He pitched in a career-high 43 games and was an effective member of the bullpen, posting an ERA of 2.91 in 46 innings.

In 2017, Ramírez began the season out of the bullpen, but due to numerous injuries to the Angels rotation he was pushed to a starting role. He was shut down in August after experiencing pain in his forearm. In 24 starts, he went 11-10 in ​147 13 innings.

Ramírez tore his UCL in his throwing elbow and underwent Tommy John surgery after only 2 starts for the 2018 season. He pitched 6.2 innings on the season with the Angels and was 0-2.[5]

On August 15, 2019, Ramírez was outrighted off the Angels roster.


  1. ^ "Mariners add six to 40-man roster".
  2. ^ Todd Zolecki (December 16, 2009). "Done: Phils get Doc; Lee to Mariners". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2010-01-07.
  3. ^ Matt Gelb (December 17, 2009). "Phils dealt Lee to replenish prospects". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Archived from the original on December 19, 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-07.
  4. ^ Diamondbacks trade J.C. Ramirez to Mariners - Arizona Sports
  5. ^ a b J.C. Ramirez Stats |
  6. ^ Angels claim Reds' JC Ramirez off of waivers

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