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Erasmo Ramirez
Birthdate: 5/2/1990 (26 y, 10 m, 24 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 5-11/205     Position: P
Contract: $3.1M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Ramirez (0-1), who struck out two and gave up three runs (two earned) on one hit and two walks over two innings against the Twins on Friday, has pitched well over two starts despite a 4.50 ERA. (3/19/2017)
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Profile: Ramirez lost 11 games in 2016... in relief. It's one of those oft-dismissed traditional statistics, but still, that's astounding. It also attests to his heavy usage — he pitched 90.1 innings and recorded at least four outs 35 times — but also his ineffectiveness. One might have thought a full-time move to the bullpen would play up his skill set, yet such a move cultivated the worst strikeout rate of his career. In good news, his ground ball rate spiked as he leaned more heavily on his sinker, thereby weaning off his four-seamer and eradicating his curve. Unfortunately, the sinker isn't much of a strikeout pitch. Ramirez seems interested in improving; further refining his distribution of offerings could revive his lukewarm strikeout rate, for example. But all the optimization in the world may not elevate his ceiling to a worthwhile level. It would be interesting to see him back in the rotation, given his new focus on killing worms, but an expected over-reliance on contact would be inherently problematic. Entering his age-27 season, Ramirez figures to help only in very deep leagues, and that would only be if he re-entered the rotation. As a reliever, he's worthless. (Alex Chamberlain)

The Quick Opinion: Ramirez took two steps forward and one step back as a full-time reliever for the Rays. He's capable of making changes, but they may not ever manifest in respectable production. Depending on his usage next season, he's at best a very-deep-league flyer.

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