Neil Andrew Ramírez (born May 25, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has previously played in MLB for the Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets, and Cleveland Indians.
Ramírez with the New York Mets in 2017
|Toronto Blue Jays – No. 33|
|Born: May 25, 1989|
Virginia Beach, Virginia
|April 25, 2014, for the Chicago Cubs|
|MLB statistics |
(through August 20, 2019)
|Earned run average||4.57|
Early life and amateur careerEdit
Ramírez attended and played baseball at Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia. In high school, he was named the 2007 Gatorade Virginia Baseball Player of the Year, made the East team roster at the 2006 Aflac All-American Classic and won a silver medal with the United States at the 2006 World Junior Baseball Championship in Cuba. Baseball America ranked him the 71st best draft prospect in 2007.
Ramírez originally committed to play college baseball at Georgia Tech but was selected by the Texas Rangers in the first round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft and decided instead to sign a professional contract.
On August 17, 2011 he was promoted to Triple-A at Round Rock in place of Eric Hurley who was placed on the disabled list with viral infection. Prior to his promotion, on July 15, Ramírez was sent to rehab in Double-A Frisco, Texas due to a sore shoulder. He was quoted as saying to MLB.com that the absence had not bothered him.
On August 23, 2013, Ramírez was traded to the Chicago Cubs as the player to be named later in the July 2013 trade of Matt Garza. By June 9, 2014, through 14 innings pitched, he had struck out 23 players while having only .71 walks plus hits per inning pitched rating.
On June 5, 2014, Ramírez earned his first career save in a victory over the New York Mets.
Ramírez finished the year with a 1.44 ERA in 43.2 innings pitched
San Francisco GiantsEdit
During the 2016 offseason, Ramírez signed a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants. He was designated for assignment on April 30, 2017, to create room for Bryan Morris who had his contract purchased from Triple-A.
Toronto Blue JaysEdit
On May 4, 2017, Ramírez was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays. He was designated for assignment on May 9 without having thrown a pitch for the Blue Jays. On May 14, Ramírez elected free agency after being outrighted to the minor leagues.
New York MetsEdit
On July 27, 2017, Ramírez signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals. He elected free agency on November 6, 2017.
Ramírez signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians on November 30, 2017. The Indians purchased Ramírez's contract on May 15, 2018. He finished the season with an ERA of 4.54 in 41 2⁄3 innings, his most output since his rookie season in 2014.
He began the 2019 season in the bullpen. He was designated for assignment by the Indians on May 18, 2019 after registering an ERA of 5.40 in 16 2⁄3 innings. After clearing waivers, Ramírez accepted a minor league assignment to the Columbus Clippers, the Indians' Triple-A affiliate, on May 23, 2019. He was released on August 2, 2019.
Second Stint with Blue JaysEdit
According to Baseball America, Ramírez is 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) tall, weighs 210 pounds (95 kg), and can throw his fastball at 97 miles per hour (156 km/h).
Ramírez married Tiffany in October 2014.
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