I’m going to make this brief, because I’ve got some other things to do — and the information is all in the link. But one guy I’ve been meaning to highlight is right-handed pitcher Erasmo Ramirez, who just turned 20 earlier this month. I wrote about Ramirez last season when he put up eye-popping numbers in the Venezuelan Summer League. He was the league MVP and Mariners’ minor-league pitcher of the year after going 11-1 with a 0.51 ERA in 14 games (13 starts). In 88 innings, he gave up just 54 hits, struck out 80 batters, and — this is the amazing part — walked just five. Here’s the story I wrote last year, detailing his interesting background as a native of Nicaragua who went to an academy in El Salvador, where he was discovered by the Mariners.
This year, Ramirez is in the U.S., pitching for Class A Clinton in the Midwest League. Yesterday, he earned his first victory with a strong six-inning effort against Peoria. In six games (three starts), Ramirez has a 2.73 ERA, allowing 27 hits in 26 1/3 innings (including three home runs). The strikeout-to-walk ratio is still excellent — 20 strikeouts and just two walks. Ramirez has been compared to Doug Fister, which is more of a compliment than ever.