Cactus League Game 2.5 – Even More Padres
Erasmo Ramirez vs. Freddy Garcia, 12:05
This is an important season for Erasmo Ramirez, as the diminutive Nicaraguan tries to build on a breakout 2012 and solidify the rotation. The projection systems see him taking a step back, as his K rate actually increased in his MLB stint last year. On the other hand, by some pitch fx-based metrics, his change-up was one of the most effective pitches in baseball last year. I’ve been a big Erasmo fan for a while, but he’s shouldering some pressure this year for the first time.
The M’s will also use James Paxton, Carter Capps and Tom Wilhelmsen today. Ryan Divish had a nice blog post today on the ‘next Carter Capps,’ RHP Carson Smith who pitched a 1-2-3 inning yesterday.
1: Seager 3B
2: Andino 2B
3: Ibanez RF
4: Morse LF
5: Saunders CF
6: Montero DH
7: Catricala 1B
8: Zunino C
9: Franklin SS
Nice to see Zunino start, and it’s encouraging to see Nick Franklin get some work at SS.
Larry Stone’s got a great article on the people behind the scenes in M’s spring training here.