Prospect Profile: Jose Ramirez

2014 Stats: 

Level: AAA/MLB

17 G  22.1 IP  24.7% K%  14.8% BB%  1.9% HR%  36.5% GB%  3.22 ERA  4.65 FIP

Ramirez ranked #17 on Chris’ Yankees top 100 list.

Background

The Yankees signed Jose Ramirez as an international amateur free agent in 2007. He began his minor league journey in the Dominican Summer League, and didn’t come stateside until 2009 for one game with High-A Tampa. His first full season in the United States was 2010 with Single-A Charleston, and it was a pretty good debut. He tossed 115 innings in 21 starts, posting a respectable 3.60 ERA with good strikeout and walk numbers. Thanks to that solid season, Baseball America ranked his changeup as the best in the Yankees’ organization. Ramirez wasn’t so fortunate the next season, getting roughed up in time split between Charleston and Tampa, but he rebounded nicely in 2012 in Tampa again, eventually earning him a promotion to Double-A Trenton. 2013 was a step back for Ramirez, much in part due to injuries which have plagued him ever since. By 2014, Ramirez was converted to a reliever full time.

2014 Results

Ramirez had a 10 inning cameo in the majors last season, but did not impress. He walked seven batters and allowed two homers, with the only redeeming quality his 10 strikeouts. He was better in Triple-A, but in an extremely small sample because he struggled to stay healthy for much of the season. It was an extremely frustrating season for Ramirez, because his arsenal should allow him to be a pretty effective short reliever at the major league level.

What KATOH says

12.1 Triple-A innings is really too small for KATOH to be reliable. Nonetheless, the projection it spit out doesn’t seem terribly outlandish, as relievers really don’t accumulate much WAR. Ramirez is 25 now, so if he can stay healthy, he certainly has the stuff to be a pretty good reliever. 1.5 WAR isn’t a crazy guess over the next three seasons, provided that Ramirez can avoid the disabled list. One other thing to note: KATOH does not utilize major league stats, so it doesn’t know that Ramirez made it to the highest level last season. Thus, his MLB% is at 72%.

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2015 Outlook

Ramirez was optioned to Triple-A, and will serve as one of their late inning relievers. Expect him to be up and down a few times this year, although he’ll have a lot of competition to ride the Scranton-New York shuttle. Guys like Jacob Lindgren, Nick RumbelowDanny Burawa, and others will be in line for promotion as well. Jose still has an opportunity to be an solid reliever given his power fastball and plus changeup, but he needs to hone his command and stay healthy first. If he can’t show some promise this season, he could become an expendable piece on the 40-man roster.

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