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Birth Date5-25-1989
Height6' 4"
Weight215 lbs
Age29 years, 11 months, 29 days
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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 PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2014 CHN MLB 50 0 43.7 3 3 3 29 17 53 2 99 6.0 3.5 0.4 10.9 30% .262 1.05 2.57 1.44 101 4.25 104.3 0.1
2015 CHN MLB 19 0 14.0 1 0 0 12 6 15 1 100 7.7 3.9 0.6 9.6 38% .289 1.29 3.23 3.21 91 2.94 68.7 0.3
2016 CHN 0 8 0 7.7 0 0 0 5 8 10 1 93 5.9 9.4 1.2 11.7 29% .250 1.70 5.40 4.70 111 4.09 90.5 0.1
2016 MIL 0 2 0 1.7 0 0 0 2 0 3 2 88 10.8 0.0 10.8 16.2 25% .000 1.20 15.18 10.80 40 1.49 33.1 0.1
2016 MIN 0 8 0 14.7 0 0 0 15 10 11 5 108 9.2 6.1 3.1 6.8 25% .256 1.70 8.08 6.14 127 5.76 127.4 -0.1
2017 NYN 0 20 0 21.0 0 1 0 20 17 26 4 91 8.6 7.3 1.7 11.1 33% .302 1.76 5.60 6.43 92 3.74 79.6 0.3
2017 SFN 0 9 0 10.3 0 0 0 15 4 18 2 89 13.1 3.5 1.7 15.7 27% .464 1.84 3.65 8.71 93 3.73 79.4 0.2
2018 CLE MLB 47 0 41.7 0 3 0 36 18 51 9 105 7.8 3.9 1.9 11.0 36% .273 1.30 5.06 4.54 93 3.64 81.3 0.6
2019 CLE MLB 16 0 16.7 0 1 0 18 9 18 5 102 9.7 4.9 2.7 9.7 25% .302 1.62 6.42 5.40 125 7.25 156.0 -0.4
2016 TOT MLB 18 0 24.0 0 0 0 22 18 24 8 102 8.3 6.7 3.0 9.0 26% .246 1.67 7.71 6.00 116 4.93 109.1 0.0
2017 TOT MLB 29 0 31.3 0 1 0 35 21 44 6 91 10.1 6.0 1.7 12.6 31% .358 1.79 4.96 7.18 92 3.74 79.5 0.5
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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.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2008 SPO A- NWN 13 13 44.0 1 2 0 25 29 52 5 103 5.1 5.9 1.0 10.6 40% .231 1.23 5.03 2.66 0 0.00 0.0
2009 HIC A SAL 18 14 66.3 3 6 0 58 41 56 8 99 7.9 5.6 1.1 7.6 33% .269 1.49 5.82 4.75 0 0.00 0.0
2010 HIC A SAL 28 26 140.3 10 8 0 150 37 142 14 100 9.6 2.4 0.9 9.1 36% .345 1.33 3.95 4.43 0 0.00 0.0
2011 MYR A+ CAR 1 1 4.7 0 0 0 1 1 9 0 102 1.9 1.9 0.0 17.4 29% .143 0.43 0.01 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2011 FRI AA TEX 6 6 19.0 1 0 0 13 8 24 1 109 6.2 3.8 0.5 11.4 27% .279 1.11 2.95 1.89 0 0.00 0.0
2011 ROU AAA PCL 18 18 74.3 4 3 0 63 35 86 6 104 7.6 4.2 0.7 10.4 34% .308 1.32 4.17 3.63 0 0.00 0.0
2012 FRI AA TEX 13 12 49.3 2 5 0 47 16 45 6 96 8.6 2.9 1.1 8.2 34% .301 1.28 4.30 4.20 0 0.00 0.0
2012 ROU AAA PCL 15 15 74.0 6 8 0 78 31 63 12 91 9.5 3.8 1.5 7.7 30% .301 1.47 5.56 7.66 0 0.00 0.0
2013 FRI AA TEX 21 21 103.0 9 3 0 77 42 127 8 102 6.7 3.7 0.7 11.1 44% .295 1.16 2.96 3.84 0 0.00 0.0
2013 TEN AA SOU 1 1 4.7 0 0 0 1 2 5 0 101 1.9 3.9 0.0 9.6 44% .111 0.64 2.04 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2014 CHN MLB NL 50 0 43.7 3 3 3 29 17 53 2 99 6.0 3.5 0.4 10.9 30% .262 1.05 2.57 1.44 101 4.25 104.3
2014 IOW AAA PCL 6 0 7.0 0 0 0 7 5 11 2 91 9.0 6.4 2.6 14.1 24% .333 1.71 6.40 7.71 90 2.28 46.2
2014 CUB Rk AZL 2 0 1.3 0 0 0 2 2 2 0 13.5 13.5 0.0 13.5 0% .400 3.00 5.51 6.75 0 0.00 0.0
2015 CHN MLB NL 19 0 14.0 1 0 0 12 6 15 1 100 7.7 3.9 0.6 9.6 38% .289 1.29 3.23 3.21 91 2.94 68.7
2015 TEN AA SOU 6 0 5.3 1 1 0 3 3 8 0 96 5.1 5.1 0.0 13.5 36% .273 1.13 1.99 3.38 76 2.10 50.0
2015 IOW AAA PCL 1 0 0.7 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 85 13.5 0.0 0.0 13.5 50% .500 1.50 0.59 0.00 29 0.70 15.1
2016 CHN MLB NL 8 0 7.7 0 0 0 5 8 10 1 93 5.9 9.4 1.2 11.7 29% .250 1.70 5.40 4.70 111 4.09 90.5
2016 MIL MLB NL 2 0 1.7 0 0 0 2 0 3 2 88 10.8 0.0 10.8 16.2 25% .000 1.20 15.18 10.80 40 1.49 33.1
2016 MIN MLB AL 8 0 14.7 0 0 0 15 10 11 5 108 9.2 6.1 3.1 6.8 25% .256 1.70 8.08 6.14 127 5.76 127.4
2016 ROC AAA INT 16 0 20.3 0 0 0 14 7 27 2 6.2 3.1 0.9 12.0 26% .267 1.03 2.97 3.10 94 3.08 68.0
2017 NYN MLB NL 20 0 21.0 0 1 0 20 17 26 4 91 8.6 7.3 1.7 11.1 33% .302 1.76 5.60 6.43 92 3.74 79.6
2017 SFN MLB NL 9 0 10.3 0 0 0 15 4 18 2 89 13.1 3.5 1.7 15.7 27% .464 1.84 3.65 8.71 93 3.73 79.4
2017 SYR AAA INT 14 0 14.7 2 1 1 23 8 20 3 14.1 4.9 1.8 12.3 33% .465 2.11 4.89 6.14 99 3.55 75.5
2018 CLE MLB AL 47 0 41.7 0 3 0 36 18 51 9 105 7.8 3.9 1.9 11.0 36% .273 1.30 5.06 4.54 93 3.64 81.3
2018 AKR AA EAS 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.0 9.0 0.0 9.0 0% .000 1.00 4.31 0.00 67 1.45 30.8
2018 COH AAA INT 14 0 18.7 2 1 3 16 3 32 4 7.7 1.4 1.9 15.4 13% .353 1.02 3.17 3.38 73 2.38 50.7
2019 CLE MLB AL 16 0 16.7 0 1 0 18 9 18 5 102 9.7 4.9 2.7 9.7 25% .302 1.62 6.42 5.40 125 7.25 156.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
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
2018 748 0.4947 0.5214 0.6872 0.7054 0.3413 0.8084 0.4419 0.3128
2019 314 0.4904 0.4968 0.6987 0.7078 0.2938 0.7615 0.5532 0.3013
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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
2019 CLE $1,000,000
2018 CLE $
2017 SFN $750,000
2016 CHN $524,500
2015 CHN $514,500
2014 CHN $
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$1,789,000
2019Current$1,000,000
4 yrPvs + Cur$2,789,000
4 yrTotal$2,789,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 1 d1 year/$1M (2019)

Details
  • 1 year/$1M (2019). Re-signed by Cleveland 11/30/18 (avoided arbitration). DFA by Cleveland 5/18/19. Sent outright to Triple-A 5/23/19.
  • 1 year (2018). Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 11/30/17 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Cleveland 5/15/18.
  • 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.

2019 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 0.4 0.3 0 7 0 22.1 16 9 26 3 .257 1.12 3.01 3.35 1.3 0.1
80o 0.4 0.3 0 7 0 16.8 13 7 20 2 .272 1.21 3.43 3.8 0.9 0.1
70o 0.4 0.3 0 7 0 13.0 11 6 15 2 .283 1.28 3.74 4.13 0.7 0.1
60o 0.4 0.3 0 7 0 9.9 9 5 12 1 .292 1.34 4.01 4.42 0.5 0.1
50o 0.4 0.3 0 7 0 7.1 7 3 8 1 .301 1.40 4.27 4.69 0.3 0.0
40o 0.4 0.3 0 7 0 4.4 4 2 5 1 .309 1.46 4.52 4.97 0.1 0.0
30o 0.4 0.3 0 7 0 1.5 1 1 2 0 .319 1.53 4.81 5.27 -0.2 0.0
Weighted Mean0.40.30706.36371.2981.394.234.650.30.0

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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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