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Birth Date5-25-1989
Height6' 4"
Weight190 lbs
Age25 years, 3 months, 2 days
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2014 CHN 25 38 0 32.3 0.0 32.3 1 1 3 0 0 0 128 20 4 4 2 32 12 12 2 40 1.11 2.72 3.08 3.0 0.3
Career38032.30.032.3113000128204423212122401.112.723.083.00.3

Advanced

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2008 SPO A- 13 13 44.0 5.43 86 .255 .257 .349 .378 .263 .231 103 4.7 0.5 4.7 0.5
2009 HIC A 18 14 66.3 5.14 81 .271 .261 .336 .379 .270 .269 99 3.1 0.3 3.1 0.3
2010 HIC A 28 26 140.3 4.35 103 .279 .260 .329 .385 .269 .345 100 18.3 1.8 18.3 1.8
2011 MYR A+ 1 1 4.7 0.75 184 .117 .234 .302 .366 .246 .143 102 2.7 0.3 2.7 0.3
2011 FRI AA 6 6 19.0 2.79 147 .223 .261 .332 .393 .249 .279 109 7.8 0.8 7.8 0.8
2011 ROU AAA 18 18 74.3 4.26 122 .227 .289 .360 .455 .269 .308 104 21.3 2.0 21.3 2.0
2012 FRI AA 13 12 49.3 4.31 100 .292 .265 .333 .396 .269 .301 96 6.3 0.7 6.3 0.7
2012 ROU AAA 15 15 74.0 5.93 69 .289 .275 .338 .423 .267 .301 91 0.7 0.1 0.7 0.1
2013 FRI AA 21 21 103.0 3.56 119 .232 .252 .323 .394 .262 .295 102 19.9 2.1 19.9 2.1
2013 TEN AA 1 1 4.7 2.59 140 .100 .222 .303 .328 .237 .111 101 1.1 0.1 1.1 0.1
2014 CHN MLB 38 0 32.3 3.08 117 .214 .254 .318 .397 .270 .250 92 3.0 0.3 3.0 0.3
2014 IOW AAA 6 0 7.0 9.01 8 .306 .270 .339 .410 .272 .333 91 -2.0 -0.2 -2.0 -0.2
2014 CUB Rk 2 0 1.3 5.23 96 .358 .254 .348 .378 .271 .400 98 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2008 SPO A- 1 2 0 13 13 44.0 25 29 52 5 40% .231 5.1 5.9 1.0 10.6 1.23 2.66 4.7 0.5
2009 HIC A 3 6 0 18 14 66.3 58 41 56 8 33% .269 7.9 5.6 1.1 7.6 1.49 4.75 3.1 0.3
2010 HIC A 10 8 0 28 26 140.3 150 37 142 14 36% .345 9.6 2.4 0.9 9.1 1.33 4.43 18.3 1.8
2011 ROU AAA 4 3 0 18 18 74.3 63 35 86 6 34% .308 7.6 4.2 0.7 10.4 1.32 3.63 21.3 2.0
2011 FRI AA 1 0 0 6 6 19.0 13 8 24 1 27% .279 6.2 3.8 0.5 11.4 1.11 1.89 7.8 0.8
2011 MYR A+ 0 0 0 1 1 4.7 1 1 9 0 29% .143 1.9 1.9 0.0 17.4 0.43 0.00 2.7 0.3
2012 FRI AA 2 5 0 13 12 49.3 47 16 45 6 34% .301 8.6 2.9 1.1 8.2 1.28 4.20 6.3 0.7
2012 ROU AAA 6 8 0 15 15 74.0 78 31 63 12 30% .301 9.5 3.8 1.5 7.7 1.47 7.66 0.7 0.1
2013 FRI AA 9 3 0 21 21 103.0 77 42 127 8 44% .295 6.7 3.7 0.7 11.1 1.16 3.84 19.9 2.1
2013 TEN AA 0 0 0 1 1 4.7 1 2 5 0 44% .111 1.9 3.9 0.0 9.6 0.64 0.00 1.1 0.1
2014 CUB Rk 0 0 0 2 0 1.3 2 2 2 0 100% .400 13.5 13.5 0.0 13.5 3.00 6.75 0.1 0.0
2014 IOW AAA 0 0 0 6 0 7.0 7 5 11 2 24% .333 9.0 6.4 2.6 14.1 1.71 7.71 -2.0 -0.2
2014 CHN MLB 1 1 3 38 0 32.3 20 12 40 2 32% .250 5.6 3.3 0.6 11.1 0.99 1.11 3.0 0.3

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 563 0.4938 0.4707 0.7132 0.6942 0.2526 0.7772 0.5417 0.2868
Career5630.49380.47070.71320.69420.25260.77720.54170.2868

Injury History

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
2014 CHN $

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 0 d1 year (2014)

Details
  • 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.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
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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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Neil Ramirez has thrown 825 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2011 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, Spring Training and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (95mph), also mixing in a Slider (88mph) and Curve (80mph).