Welcome to the 2013 Rotation, Erasmo Ramirez
Forget all the talk about him coming to camp with a chance to compete for a spot in next year’s rotation – Erasmo Ramirez has pitched himself firmly into a spot in the team’s starting five next year. Yeah, we’re dealing with less than 50 big league innings, but come on – a 5/1 K/BB ratio while getting some groundballs and destroying left-handed hitters with an out-pitch change-up?
The Erasmo Ramirez we talked about as a prospect the last few years first threw 86-90, then 88-92, then 90-94. This year, he’s sitting at 93 and hitting 95 in the eighth, as he did tonight. He’s no longer an interesting strike-thrower. With his new found velocity and the movement he’s getting on his change-up, he’s a legitimate Major League starter, and maybe a pretty good one.
Ramirez should get a few more starts before the season wraps up, but he doesn’t have to do anything else to earn a job in next year’s rotation. He’s shown enough this year. He’s in.