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Ramirez is still a candidate to make the Angels' starting rotation out of camp, The Orange County Register reports. (3/22/2017)
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|Profile: It's hard to believe that it was eight years ago when (then Juan) Ramirez was considered one of Seattle's three best prospects. In fairness, the righty has appeared in 108 games headed into 2017, something even "top prospects" generally miss out on. Ramirez operated out of both the Reds' and Angels' pens last year, posting an unspectacular 4.35 ERA, with peripherals to match. He does have a big 96+ mph fastball (one of his key calling cards when he was in the minors), but the heat doesn't seem to translate to whiffs, as Ramirez has never posted a double digit swinging-strike rate, even though he has primarily operated out of the bullpen. There are some rumblings that Los Angeles will try and stretch Ramirez out this spring to give him a potential look at the backend of the rotation. If he does claim a spot coming out of spring training, he might be an interesting flier in very deep dynasty of AL-only leagues (where just being a warm-bodied starter is helpful), but otherwise, he's an asset to ignore on draft day.(Colin Zarzycki)|
The Quick Opinion: Of pitchers with at least 70 innings pitched in 2016, J.C. Ramirez clocked the 8th highest fastball velocity. Unfortunately, that velo doesn't seem to be translating to major league whiffs which keeps his value rather minimal in the majority of fantasy leagues.