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2018 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 29)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
9.7 4.22 1.41 11 0 0 0 0.1
Birth Date5-25-1989
Height6' 4"
Weight215 lbs
Age28 years, 8 months, 29 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
0.82014
0.12015
-0.32016
0.32017
0.12018
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2014 CHN MLB 50 0 43.7 3 3 3 29 17 53 2 .268 99 6.0 3.5 0.4 10.9 30% .262 .217 1.05 2.57 1.44 85 3.06 75.2 0.8
2015 CHN MLB 19 0 14.0 1 0 0 12 6 15 1 .261 100 7.7 3.9 0.6 9.6 38% .289 .264 1.29 3.23 3.21 102 4.04 94.5 0.1
2016 CHN 0 8 0 7.7 0 0 0 5 8 10 1 .265 93 5.9 9.4 1.2 11.7 29% .250 .292 1.70 5.40 4.70 121 5.78 128.0 -0.1
2016 MIL 0 2 0 1.7 0 0 0 2 0 3 2 .257 88 10.8 0.0 10.8 16.2 25% .000 .502 1.20 15.18 10.80 91 5.80 128.3 -0.0
2016 MIN 0 8 0 14.7 0 0 0 15 10 11 5 .246 108 9.2 6.1 3.1 6.8 25% .256 .315 1.70 8.08 6.14 110 6.50 143.8 -0.3
2017 NYN 0 20 0 21.0 0 1 0 20 17 26 4 .267 91 8.6 7.3 1.7 11.1 33% .302 .304 1.76 5.60 6.43 101 4.45 94.7 0.2
2017 SFN 0 9 0 10.3 0 0 0 15 4 18 2 .260 89 13.1 3.5 1.7 15.7 27% .464 .339 1.84 3.65 8.71 100 4.20 89.4 0.1
2016 TOT MLB 18 0 24.0 0 0 0 22 18 24 8 .253 102 8.2 6.7 3.0 9.0 26% .246 .320 1.67 7.71 6.00 112 6.22 137.7 -0.3
2017 TOT MLB 29 0 31.3 0 1 0 35 21 44 6 .265 91 10.1 6.0 1.7 12.6 31% .358 .316 1.79 4.96 7.18 101 4.37 93.0 0.3
CareerMLB1160113.0443986213617.263977.84.91.410.830%.290.2751.424.414.22984.2295.80.8

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2008 SPO A- 13 13 44.0 1 2 0 25 29 52 5 .263 103 5.1 5.9 1.0 10.6 40% .231 .255 1.23 5.03 2.66 107 4.39 100.7
2009 HIC A 18 14 66.3 3 6 0 58 41 56 8 .270 99 7.9 5.6 1.1 7.6 33% .269 .271 1.49 5.82 4.75 128 9.76 130.4
2010 HIC A 28 26 140.3 10 8 0 150 37 142 14 .269 100 9.6 2.4 0.9 9.1 36% .345 .279 1.33 3.95 4.43 105 4.45 102.7
2011 MYR A+ 1 1 4.7 0 0 0 1 1 9 0 .246 102 1.9 1.9 0.0 17.4 29% .143 .117 0.43 0.01 0.00 83 2.44 88.1
2011 FRI AA 6 6 19.0 1 0 0 13 8 24 1 .249 109 6.2 3.8 0.5 11.4 27% .279 .223 1.11 2.95 1.89 86 2.74 84.3
2011 ROU AAA 18 18 74.3 4 3 0 63 35 86 6 .269 104 7.6 4.2 0.7 10.4 34% .308 .227 1.32 4.17 3.63 87 2.53 82.0
2012 FRI AA 13 12 49.3 2 5 0 47 16 45 6 .269 96 8.6 2.9 1.1 8.2 34% .301 .292 1.28 4.30 4.20 97 5.17 107.2
2012 ROU AAA 15 15 74.0 6 8 0 78 31 63 12 .267 91 9.5 3.8 1.5 7.7 30% .301 .289 1.47 5.56 7.66 100 5.15 106.9
2013 FRI AA 21 21 103.0 9 3 0 77 42 127 8 .262 102 6.7 3.7 0.7 11.1 44% .295 .232 1.16 2.96 3.84 85 2.57 85.2
2013 TEN AA 1 1 4.7 0 0 0 1 2 5 0 .237 101 1.9 3.9 0.0 9.6 44% .111 .100 0.64 2.04 0.00 97 5.80 113.3
2014 CHN MLB 50 0 43.7 3 3 3 29 17 53 2 .268 99 6.0 3.5 0.4 10.9 30% .262 .217 1.05 2.57 1.44 85 3.06 75.2
2014 IOW AAA 6 0 7.0 0 0 0 7 5 11 2 .275 91 9.0 6.4 2.6 14.1 24% .333 .308 1.71 6.40 7.71 100 4.02 97.1
2014 CUB Rk 2 0 1.3 0 0 0 2 2 2 0 .000 13.5 13.5 0.0 13.5 0% .400 .000 3.00 5.51 6.75 102 4.94 108.3
2015 CHN MLB 19 0 14.0 1 0 0 12 6 15 1 .261 100 7.7 3.9 0.6 9.6 38% .289 .264 1.29 3.23 3.21 102 4.04 94.5
2015 TEN AA 6 0 5.3 1 1 0 3 3 8 0 .288 96 5.1 5.1 0.0 13.5 36% .273 .188 1.12 1.99 3.38 89 3.26 93.5
2015 IOW AAA 1 0 0.7 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 .244 85 13.5 0.0 0.0 13.5 50% .500 .253 1.50 0.59 0.00 99 4.42 103.6
2016 CHN MLB 8 0 7.7 0 0 0 5 8 10 1 .265 93 5.9 9.4 1.2 11.7 29% .250 .292 1.70 5.40 4.70 121 5.78 128.0
2016 MIL MLB 2 0 1.7 0 0 0 2 0 3 2 .257 88 10.8 0.0 10.8 16.2 25% .000 .502 1.20 15.18 10.80 91 5.80 128.3
2016 MIN MLB 8 0 14.7 0 0 0 15 10 11 5 .246 108 9.2 6.1 3.1 6.8 25% .256 .315 1.70 8.08 6.14 110 6.50 143.8
2016 ROC AAA 16 0 20.3 0 0 0 14 7 27 2 .258 6.2 3.1 0.9 12.0 26% .267 .232 1.03 2.97 3.10 82 2.48 88.7
2017 NYN MLB 20 0 21.0 0 1 0 20 17 26 4 .267 91 8.6 7.3 1.7 11.1 33% .302 .304 1.76 5.60 6.43 101 4.45 94.7
2017 SFN MLB 9 0 10.3 0 0 0 15 4 18 2 .260 89 13.1 3.5 1.7 15.7 27% .464 .339 1.84 3.65 8.71 100 4.20 89.4
2017 SYR AAA 14 0 14.7 2 1 1 23 8 20 3 .261 14.1 4.9 1.8 12.3 33% .465 .335 2.11 4.89 6.14 103 6.45 147.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2014 744 0.4933 0.4651 0.6850 0.6703 0.2653 0.7520 0.5200 0.3150
2015 247 0.4534 0.4211 0.7115 0.6071 0.2667 0.8529 0.4444 0.2885
2016 455 0.4857 0.4879 0.7387 0.6516 0.3333 0.7778 0.6667 0.2613
2017 640 0.4703 0.4375 0.7036 0.5914 0.3009 0.7921 0.5490 0.2964
Career20860.47990.45640.70560.63450.29120.78190.55190.2944

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-07-26 2014-08-10 15-DL 15 14 Right Elbow Inflammation Triceps -
2013-07-21 2013-08-07 Minors 17 0 Right Shoulder Tendonitis Biceps - -
2012-07-19 2012-07-27 Minors 8 8 - Back Strain - -
2011-07-16 2011-08-03 Minors 18 0 Right Shoulder Soreness - -
2011-06-29 2011-07-08 Minors 9 0 Right Arm Fatigue - -
2008-07-14 2008-08-03 Minors 20 0 Right Shoulder Sprain - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 CLE $
2017 SFN $750,000
2016 CHN $524,500
2015 CHN $514,500
2014 CHN $
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$1,789,000
3 yrTotal$1,789,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 34 d1 year (2018)

Details
  • 1 year (2018). Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 11/30/17 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2017). Signed by San Francisco as a free agent 11/21/16 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by San Francisco 4/2/17. Claimed by Toronto off waivers 5/4/17 after being DFA by San Francisco 4/30/17. DFA by Toronto 5/9/17. Refused assignment, elected free agency 5/14/17. Signed by NY Mets as a free agent 5/16/17. DFA by NY Mets 7/20/17. Sent outright to Triple-A 7/22/17 (refused assignment).
  • 1 year (2016). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/4/16. Claimed off waivers by Milwaukee 5/31/16 after being DFA by Chicago Cubs 5/21/16. Claimed by Minnesota off waivers 6/12/16 after being DFA by Milwaukee 6/9/16. Sent outright to Triple-A 7/21/16.
  • 1 year/$0.5145M (2015). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/5/15.
  • 1 year (2014). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/3/14.
  • 1 year/$0.49M (2013). Re-signed by Texas 2/12/13. Acquired by Chicago Cubs in trade from Texas 8/23/13 (player to be named in 7/22/13 Matt Garza trade).
  • 1 year/$0.48M (2012). Re-signed by Texas 3/1/12.
  • Drafted 2007 (1s-44) (Kempsville HS, Va.). Signed 8/15/07, $1M signing bonus.

2018 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 0.5 0.4 0 9 0 24.8 19 10 28 3 .259 1.14 3.01 3.41 1.8 0.2
80o 0.5 0.4 0 9 0 19.4 16 8 22 2 .274 1.23 3.41 3.86 1.3 0.1
70o 0.5 0.4 0 9 0 15.7 13 7 18 2 .284 1.30 3.71 4.18 1.0 0.1
60o 0.5 0.4 0 9 0 12.6 11 6 14 2 .294 1.36 3.98 4.47 0.7 0.1
50o 0.5 0.4 0 9 0 9.8 9 5 11 1 .302 1.41 4.22 4.74 0.5 0.0
40o 0.5 0.4 0 9 0 7.1 7 4 8 1 .311 1.47 4.47 5.01 0.2 0.0
30o 0.5 0.4 0 9 0 4.2 4 2 5 1 .320 1.54 4.76 5.31 -0.1 -0.0
20o 0.5 0.5 0 9 0 1.0 1 1 1 0 .331 1.62 5.08 5.66 -0.5 -0.1
Weighted Mean0.50.40909.084101.3001.404.194.70.50.1

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2018 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20193021046049462356837.2991.414.414.768.44.210.31.50.3
20203121045048432355737.2951.384.324.668.14.310.31.30.3
20213221037039371944637.3011.424.464.818.54.310.11.40.2
20223321040043402047637.3021.414.384.728.44.29.91.30.3
20233421036038361842637.3011.424.394.748.54.39.91.40.2
20243521036038351742637.2991.384.344.688.44.110.01.40.2
20253621032034331638537.3031.434.364.708.74.210.01.30.2
20263721030032311536537.3041.424.364.708.64.210.01.40.2
20273811029031301434537.3021.404.384.738.64.09.81.40.2

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 78)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 87 Louis Coleman 2015 0.00
2 85 Brad Brach 2015 2.84
3 84 Matt Riley 2009 0.00 DNP
4 84 Arquimedes Caminero 2016 4.60
5 83 Steve Delabar 2013 3.84
6 83 Fernando Cabrera 2011 0.00 DNP
7 83 Jesse Chavez 2013 4.24
8 82 Jason Motte 2011 2.91
9 82 Kirby Yates 2016 5.23
10 81 Chris Resop 2012 4.28
11 81 Michael Kohn 2015 0.00
12 81 Chad Orvella 2010 0.00 DNP
13 81 Edwar Ramirez 2010 5.73
14 81 Yhency Brazoban 2009 0.00 DNP
15 80 Matt Reynolds 2014 0.00 DNP
16 80 Fernando Rodney 2006 4.52
17 80 Brad Peacock 2017 3.14
18 80 Michael Wuertz 2008 4.63
19 80 Brad Boxberger 2017 3.38
20 80 Charlie Furbush 2015 2.49
21 80 Steve Johnson 2017 0.00 DNP
22 80 Tyler Yates 2007 6.00
23 80 Logan Kensing 2012 0.00 DNP
24 80 Mike Dunn 2014 4.11
25 80 Taylor Tankersley 2012 0.00 DNP
26 79 Spencer Patton 2017 0.00 DNP
27 79 Mike Zagurski 2012 5.79
28 79 Sam Demel 2015 0.00 DNP
29 79 Gonzalez Germen 2017 0.00 DNP
30 79 Shawn Kelley 2013 4.72
31 79 George Kontos 2014 3.06
32 79 Adam Ottavino 2015 0.00
33 79 Ian Thomas 2016 0.00 DNP
34 79 Kevin Gregg 2007 3.64
35 79 Rich Hill 2009 8.12
36 78 George Sherrill 2006 4.28
37 78 Ryan O'Rourke 2017 0.00 DNP
38 78 Jason Frasor 2007 4.58
39 78 Nate Karns 2017 4.17
40 78 Josh Fields 2015 3.55
41 78 Brandon Gomes 2014 3.71
42 78 Greg Aquino 2007 5.79
43 78 Scott Dohmann 2007 3.58
44 78 Jose Veras 2010 3.75
45 77 Matt Daley 2011 10.50
46 77 Robert Coello 2014 0.00 DNP
47 77 Joel Hanrahan 2011 2.23
48 77 Dan Wheeler 2007 5.79
49 77 Evan Scribner 2015 4.65
50 77 Scott Barnes 2017 0.00 DNP
51 77 Fu-Te Ni 2012 0.00 DNP
52 77 Heath Bell 2007 2.11
53 77 Fernando Abad 2015 4.34
54 77 Derrick Turnbow 2007 4.76
55 77 Chris Schroder 2008 5.40
56 77 David Carpenter 2015 4.74
57 77 Jon Rauch 2008 4.52
58 77 Sean Henn 2010 0.00 DNP
59 76 Bret Prinz 2006 0.00 DNP
60 76 Mike Fiers 2014 2.39
61 76 Tim Norton 2012 0.00 DNP
62 76 Tony Sipp 2013 5.26
63 76 Scott Proctor 2006 3.61
64 76 David Riske 2006 4.09
65 76 Chad Harville 2006 5.93
66 76 J.J. Hoover 2017 4.14
67 76 Juan Salas 2008 7.11
68 76 Danny Farquhar 2016 3.82
69 76 J.P. Howell 2012 3.04
70 76 Fernando Rodriguez 2013 0.00 DNP
71 76 Felix Romero 2009 0.00 DNP
72 76 Santiago Casilla 2010 2.28
73 76 Deunte Heath 2015 0.00 DNP
74 76 Jonah Bayliss 2010 0.00 DNP
75 76 Brad Voyles 2006 0.00 DNP
76 76 Wesley Wright 2014 3.54
77 76 Will Ohman 2007 4.95
78 76 Henry Owens 2008 0.00 DNP
79 76 Leonel Campos 2017 3.95
80 76 David Hernandez 2014 0.00 DNP
81 76 Aaron Rakers 2006 0.00 DNP
82 76 Junichi Tazawa 2015 4.30
83 75 Juan Gutierrez 2013 4.72
84 75 Steve Geltz 2017 0.00 DNP
85 75 Brad Lincoln 2014 11.57
86 75 Mickey Storey 2015 0.00 DNP
87 75 Chris Narveson 2011 4.56
88 75 Will Harris 2014 4.34
89 75 Rocky Cherry 2009 0.00 DNP
90 75 Lucas Luetge 2016 0.00 DNP
91 75 Greg Jones 2006 7.50
92 75 Oneli Perez 2012 0.00 DNP
93 75 Josh Ravin 2017 6.48
94 75 Brian Omogrosso 2013 9.92
95 74 Shawn Tolleson 2017 0.00 DNP
96 74 Jim Hoey 2012 0.00 DNP
97 74 Fernando Nieve 2012 0.00 DNP
98 74 Marcus McBeth 2010 0.00 DNP
99 74 Robinson Tejeda 2011 6.14
100 74 Jason Bergmann 2011 0.00 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .267 .394 .565 .324
11 vs R (Multi) .206 .285 .407 .254
18 Split (Multi) .061 .109 .158 .070
19 LgAvg (Multi) .006 .020 .015 .013
30 vs L (2016) .300 .442 .750 .375
31 vs R (2016) .217 .309 .457 .268
38 Split (2016) .083 .133 .293 .107
39 LgAvg (2016) .003 .018 .013 .012

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2017 Missing bats has never been a problem for Neil Ramirez, but staying off the disabled list and throwing the ball over the plate are career-long issues that may keep him bouncing around bullpens.
2016 To make money playing baseball, you have to (a) play baseball well and (b) play baseball. Ramirez has done the former, but failed in the latter, missing most of the season with shoulder inflammation and abdominal soreness. The ab issue was apparently incurred via a July sneeze; probably nobody was around to bless him. His right shoulder also caused him to hit the minor-league DL in 2012 and 2013, and triceps soreness cost him 15 days in 2014. If he can stay on the mound, which is a big "if," and assuming his velocity recovers to pre-2015 rates, arguably an even bigger "if," he has setup-man talent, despite a flyball rate that will cause terror in the late innings on days the wind is blowing out at Wrigley.
2015 Ramirez had been dogged by shoulder injuries for much of his time in the Rangers' system; when the Cubs acquired him in the summer of 2013, they stated that keeping him healthy was their top goal. So far, so good, as Ramirez enjoyed an impressive first season in the big leagues, emerging as the Cubs' primary setup man. He has a starter's repertoire (and it's not out of the question that he could return to that role in the future), but the stuff plays up impressively out of the 'pen. With the bulldog attitude managers love to see from their high-leverage bullpen arms and three swing-and-miss pitches (mid-90s fastball, slider and curve), Ramirez the goods to thrive in the late innings.
2014 The player-to-be-named moving from Texas to Chicago in the Matt Garza trade, Ramirez has a greater chance to realize a big-league career than your standard-issue throw-in. A former supplemental first rounder, Ramirez has a big fastball that can sit in the mid-90s and a plus changeup, although he’s yet to develop any consistency with his slider or curve. In fact, he’s yet to develop any consistency at all, as he’s prone to balky mechanics that affect his command, and recurring shoulder issues have slowed his development. When he’s on he can dominate, and the Cubs will give him every chance to string together solid starts and realize his mid-rotation ceiling. If not, his fastball/changeup mix could be dominant in short bursts.
2013 Coming off an eye-opening 2011 campaign, Ramirez looked like a future second or third starter who could contribute in 2012. But the right-hander had his development slowed by myriad issues last season, including an inability to repeat his delivery, a slight velocity dip, and a loss of depth and bite on his once-plus curveball. After 15 Triple-A starts, the problems culminated in a 7.66 ERA—highest in the Pacific Coast League at that time. Ramirez’s future is cloudy as he enters 2013, though he did show signs of improvement late in the season at Double-A Frisco, where his fastball began to touch 97 mph once again.
2012 One of the hardest-working players in the system (if not the entire minors), Ramirez transformed himself from a boom-or-bust first round pick (2007) into one of the premium right-handed starting pitchers in the minors. With a potent three-pitch mix, including a 92-96 mph fastball, a hard hammer curve, and a vastly improved changeup, Ramirez profiles as a quality second or third starter at the major league level. His command needs refinement and he needs more innings in the upper minors before making the next step onto the biggest stage, but Ramirez is on the cusp of major league contribution. Look for him either in the rotation or as a late-season call-up out of the 'pen. His future is very bright.
2010 Former first-round pick Neil Ramirez had a troubling full-season debut due to injuries and command issues.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2016-02-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Matt, Cubs bullpen/rotation question--if Neil Ramirez looks good this Spring and Warren shows he can start, isn't Hendricks in AAA the most likely option, at least to start the year?
(mdlehrman from Chicago)
Most likely? I don't know. I'm on record with this preference, if Ramirez looks right: Ditch Clayton Richard, let Warren's reverse splits become the second lefty in the bullpen, and keep Hendricks in the rotation. But the luxury of depth is that it affords so many different options. (Matthew Trueblood)
2015-03-25 19:00:00 (link to chat)Who are some $1 relievers to target in an NL only.....like Neil Ramirez types?
(Chris from Baltimore)
Jose Valverde for sure. (Jordan Gorosh)
2015-03-19 14:00:00 (link to chat)Am I wrong to like Neil Ramirez the most out of Cubs relievers? I think he has the most upside.
(Q from Chicago)
Neil's a great guy and showcased plus stuff last year. He's still very young and was another great addition from the Matt Garza trade. I asked him some questions and you can see the interview here. http://cubs.scout.com/story/1410708-q-and-a-with-cubs-reliever-neil-ramirez (Rob Willer)
2014-12-11 18:00:00 (link to chat)Who are your best bets to attain the title closer? I currently own shares of Dellin Betances, Neil Ramirez, and Bobby Parnell. Any probables in that group? Also, Any news on who offered Robertson?
(Closer to Closing from In the Bullpen)
I think you'll see Betances take the reigns at the back end of Yankees games for much of the 2015 season, and that should be a ton of fun to watch. Both Ramirez and Parnell are going to get opportunities, but I'm buying Betances more than those two. (Mark Anderson)
2014-06-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who ends up with more saves by seasons end, Neil Ramirez or Hector Rondon?
(hamsterjockey from DC)
Thought I answered this one, but perhaps I missed hitting "submit" because we're pushing three hours. I still think Rondon holds onto the closer's role for the majority of the season. The Cubs have no reason to panic and remove him from the ninth inning. (J.P. Breen)
2014-05-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Of the hot new flame-throwing strikeout machine relievers, who is your favourite to watch? I can't not watch Betances and Neil Ramirez is fast becoming my secret(not secret) crush.
(ChoppertoChipper from Edmonton)
I remember you mentioning Ramirez last chat. I've been keeping an eye on him, too. I got to see him as a starter in Round Rock. Betances is my must-watch... I'll go back and watch his outings if I miss 'em. Wade Davis is becoming another for me (Paul Sporer)
2014-04-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is there any chance at all that Neil Ramirez can be of any fantasy value as a reliever who racks up strikeouts? Do you think he'll see any save opportunities for the Cubs?
(ChoppertoChipper from Edmonton)
Yes there is a chance and I like the idea of a potential saves candidate, but I'd put that way out right now. He needs to clean up a bit first (Paul Sporer)
2013-09-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)I know the standard answer on Mike Olt is that he got hit in the head and simply had a bad season. What do you think is really going on? Still profile as an everyday 3B?
(Matt from Chicago)
Well, I discovered this when I went on the radio in Chicago at the trade deadline – the narrative I heard being given was that Olt got hit on the head and that led to his slow start this season. But that's not true. The vision issues he had were legitimate (read here: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=21288) and the cure was legitimate. After that, I think it became a mental thing. Olt got stuck in a hole early in the season and didn't really ever get right again mentally. With the Cubs not calling him up in September and not sending him to the Fall League, I think that's the right decision. I'd let him go home, clear his mind, and come back with a clean slate in 2014. That's probably the biggest thing for him. I'm still not all that worried. Perhaps he won't be the role 6 player he looked like in 2012, but I do think he's at least a role 5 (average everyday) third baseman with a good glove and power. Even if Olt doesn't turn out, you have to like the haul of Grimm, C.J. Edwards, and Neil Ramirez. (Jason Cole)
2013-07-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Garza trade: 1-2 PTBN from the Rangers. Will they be in the Brinson/Alfaro range? 'garza' means 'heron' in Spanish. How does this affect the pennant race?
(Too Many Questions from The Wind)
It won't be Brinson or Alfaro. It will most likely be a Neil Ramirez type or a low-level arm. I don't see the Rangers parting with either Brinson or Alfaro in the deal, but could see their names attached (as rumors) to a possible deal for Pence or Rios. (Jason Parks)
2012-02-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any worry about Neil Ramirez's shoulder problems last summer? Did this ding him a bit in your rankings? #3 ceiling?
(amisaid1 from Chicago)
It did ding him. Shoulder problems are ALWAYS a concern. (Kevin Goldstein)
2012-02-02 15:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you think has the best group of young (25 & under) starting pitchers including prospects: ATL (Beachy, Minor, Hanson, Teheran, Delgado, Vizcaino, Spruill, etc.), TB (Moore, Price, Hellickson, Davis, Torres, Colome, Archer, Cobb, etc.), or TEX (Darvish, Holland, Harrison, Feliz, Neil Ramirez, Martin Perez, Robbie Ross, Cody Buckel, etc.)? Thanks.
(Kristen W. from Canada)
I'd take the Rays, given that they have the defending AL RoY and the guy who could win it this year, but Kevin Goldstein may disagree. That's no knock on the Rangers or Braves either... all three of these teams are in enviable positions in this regard. (Cory Schwartz)
2012-01-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Piggybacking off of the Shelby Miller question: Does Neil Ramirez's fastball behave the same way?
(MonkeyEpoxy from College Station)
It does. Ramirez has excellent extension on the pitch and creates good plane to the plate. Add the velo and the movement and the pitch becomes more than just its radar gun reading. (Jason Parks)
2012-01-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hope you can help me! In an AL-only dynasty league, which of these prospects would you NOT trade for JJ Hardy to fill a dire need at SS - Leonys Martin, Travis D'Arnaud, Dellin Betances, Matt Moore, Neil Ramirez, Anthony Gose
(jtanker33 from Dayton)
If you're all in for this season, then Moore is the only one I'd say is untouchable. That said, you shouldn't need to deal some of these other guys for Hardy either. D'Arnaud and Betances should be taken off the table if at all possible. I'd try to deal Ramirez first. (Derek Carty)
2011-12-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Neil Ramirez? Seems fairly sexy to me.
(Ron from Ohio)
Hardest worker in Rangers system; plus-to-plus-plus FB velo; hammer CB; improving CH; tough as shit; needs better overall command. He's going to be a good major league pitcher; ceiling of 2/3. (Jason Parks)
2011-10-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does Neil Ramirez start a game for the 2012 Rangers? Does Martin Perez?
(Or from Dallas)
Both will start at some point in '12. Unless one of them is traded in the off-season, which I wouldn't rule out. (Jason Parks)
2011-08-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Neil Ramirez has obviously had a great season any way you look at it. Is he a Top 100 prospect?
(ramjam36 from Dallas)
For me? Yes. For others? I don't care. (Jason Parks)
2011-06-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jason, I have just recently been hearing buzz about Neil Ramirez. What are your thoughts on him?
(LoyalRoyal from LV, KS )
Never heard of him. (Jason Parks)
2011-05-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you envision Neil Ramirez being the eventual ace of the Texas Rangers' staff?
(Erik from Plano)
He's taken a huge jump this year, but let's not get too far ahead of ourselves. (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-04-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)I guess it's just a spot start, but are you surprised Neil Ramirez was bumped to AAA? Is he ready for that level, even on a temporary basis?
(Ryan from NY)
It's just a spot start, so technically he doesn't have to be ready for the level. That said, I think his stuff can miss bats at the Triple-A level, but his overall arsenal isn't quite ready. I think he should be pitching in Double-A very soon, as he was 92-96; T98 this ST and his CB has re-emerged as a bad mother. Ramirez getting the call to AAA (even if just a spot start) has a lot to do with his work ethic and maturity. Ramirez arrived in camp in November. He's been busting his ass for months to take a step forward and it shows in the stuff, so I'm glad to see him rewarded with this challenge. It says a lot about how the Rangers feel about him. (Jason Parks)
2011-04-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'll try this one more time since I've tried this question on about seven chats thusfar. I can go see Myrtle Beach and Hickory one time each. Which starting pitcher should I focus on to make my trip to see?
(jhardman from Apex, NC)
Robbie Erlin or Neil Ramirez for Myrtle Beach; Roman Mendez for Hickory. (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-02-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat Jason. What do you expect out of Neil Ramirez this season? Do you think he still has the potential to be an above average starter?
(ramjam36 from Fort Worth, TX)
Probably not. He has the raw stuff to be an above-average reliever, though. (Jason Parks)
2010-08-20 15:30:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Neil Ramirez? He'd been a giant disappointment since the 2007 draft but suddenly this year he's showing signs of becoming a respectable arm. Are you a believer?
(James from Stamford, Texas)
Yes . . . kinda. It's still a good arm, and sometimes those take time. There's still upside there. (Kevin Goldstein)


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