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Neil Ramirez
Neil Ramírez
Neil Ramirez on May 21, 2017 (cropped).jpg
Ramírez with the New York Mets in 2017
Free agent
Born: (1989-05-25) May 25, 1989 (age 30)
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 25, 2014, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
(through August 30, 2019)
Win-loss record4-8
Earned run average4.46

Neil Andrew Ramírez (born May 25, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets, Cleveland Indians, and Toronto Blue Jays.

Early life and amateur career

Ramírez attended and played baseball at Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia. In high school, he was named the 2007 Gatorade Virginia Baseball Player of the Year, made the East team roster at the 2006 Aflac All-American Classic and won a silver medal with the United States at the 2006 World Junior Baseball Championship in Cuba. Baseball America ranked him the 71st best draft prospect in 2007.[1][2][3]

Ramírez originally committed to play college baseball at Georgia Tech but was selected by the Texas Rangers in the first round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft and decided instead to sign a professional contract.[2][1]

Professional career

Texas Rangers

Ramírez spent six years in the Rangers' farm system, playing for the Spokane Indians in 2008 and the Hickory Crawdads in 2009 and 2010.

On August 17, 2011 he was promoted to Triple-A at Round Rock in place of Eric Hurley who was placed on the disabled list with viral infection. Prior to his promotion, on July 15, Ramírez was sent to rehab in Double-A Frisco, Texas due to a sore shoulder. He was quoted as saying to that the absence had not bothered him.[4]

Ramirez pitching for the Round Rock Express, triple-A affiliates of the Texas Rangers, in 2012

On November 18, 2011, Ramírez was added to the Rangers' 40-man roster.[5]

Chicago Cubs

On August 23, 2013, Ramírez was traded to the Chicago Cubs as the player to be named later in the July 2013 trade of Matt Garza.[6] By June 9, 2014, through 14 innings pitched, he had struck out 23 players while having only .71 walks plus hits per inning pitched rating.[7]

On June 5, 2014, Ramírez earned his first career save in a victory over the New York Mets.

Ramírez finished the year with a 1.44 ERA in 43.2 innings pitched

Milwaukee Brewers

On May 31, 2016, Ramírez was claimed off waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers.[8]

Minnesota Twins

On June 12, 2016, Ramírez was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Twins.[9]. He finished the year with a 6.00 ERA in 24 innings

San Francisco Giants

During the 2016 offseason, Ramírez signed a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants.[10] He was designated for assignment on April 30, 2017, to create room for Bryan Morris who had his contract purchased from Triple-A.

Toronto Blue Jays

On May 4, 2017, Ramírez was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays.[11] He was designated for assignment on May 9 without having thrown a pitch for the Blue Jays. On May 14, Ramírez elected free agency after being outrighted to the minor leagues.[12]

New York Mets

On May 16, 2017, the New York Mets signed Ramírez.[13] On July 20, the Mets designated Ramírez for assignment.

Washington Nationals

On July 27, 2017, Ramírez signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals. He elected free agency on November 6, 2017.

Cleveland Indians

Ramírez signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians on November 30, 2017.[14] The Indians purchased Ramírez's contract on May 15, 2018.[15] He finished the season with an ERA of 4.54 in ​ innings, his most output since his rookie season in 2014.

He began the 2019 season in the bullpen. He was designated for assignment by the Indians on May 18, 2019 after registering an ERA of 5.40 in ​ innings.[16] After clearing waivers, Ramírez accepted a minor league assignment to the Columbus Clippers, the Indians' Triple-A affiliate, on May 23, 2019.[17] He was released on August 2, 2019.

Second stint with Blue Jays

On August 6, 2019, Ramirez signed a minor league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays. He was called up by the Blue Jays on August 11.[18] On September 1, Ramirez was designated for assignment.[19] He declared free agency on September 4, 2019.

Scouting report

According to Baseball America, Ramírez is 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) tall, weighs 210 pounds (95 kg), and can throw his fastball at 97 miles per hour (156 km/h).[20]


Ramírez married Tiffany in October 2014.[21]


  1. ^ a b "2006 CWS Participant Tech Baseball Announces 13 Commitments in Early Signing Period". November 15, 2006. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Q and A with Cubs reliever Neil Ramirez". June 11, 2014. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "Aflac Preview: East And West Rosters". Baseball America. 9 August 2006. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ Louie Horvath (August 17, 2011). "Prospect Ramirez not deterred by sore shoulder". Archived from the original on April 22, 2014. Retrieved 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ "Rangers purchase contracts of six players for 40-man roster" (Press release). November 18, 2011. Archived from the original on April 21, 2014. Retrieved 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ Mark Gonzales (August 23, 2013). "Cubs claim RHP Ramirez on waivers to complete Garza trade". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on August 24, 2013. Retrieved 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ "Neil Ramirez proving he belongs with Cubs". Comcast SportsNet Chicago. June 9, 2014. Archived from the original on June 24, 2014. Retrieved 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. ^ Todd, Jeff (May 31, 2016). "Brewers Claim Neil Ramirez". Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ Byrne, Connor (June 12, 2016). "Twins Claim Neil Ramirez". Retrieved 2016.
  10. ^ Eddy, Matt (December 5, 2016). "Minor League Transactions: Nov. 19-Dec. 1". Retrieved 2016.
  11. ^ "Blue Jays claim relief pitcher Neil Ramirez off waivers". Sportsnet. May 4, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ "Blue Jays PR on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2017.
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  14. ^ Adams, Steve (November 30, 2017). "Indians Agree To Minor League Deals With Neil Ramirez, Evan Marshall". Retrieved 2017.
  15. ^ Hoynes, Paul (May 15, 2018). "Cleveland Indians put Bradley Zimmer on DL; promote RHP Neil Ramirez".
  16. ^ RotoWire Staff (May 18, 2019). "Indians' Neil Ramirez: Designated for assigment [sic]". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2019.
  17. ^ Todd, Jeff (May 24, 2019). "Neil Ramirez Accepts Outright Assignment With Indians". MLB Trade Rumors.
  18. ^ Sportsnet Staff (August 11, 2019). "Blue Jays call up newly signed reliever Neil Ramirez from triple-A". Retrieved 2019.
  19. ^ RotoWire Staff (September 1, 2019). "Blue Jays' Neil Ramirez: Surrenders roster spot". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2019.
  20. ^ John Arguello (August 23, 2014). "Cubs acquire Neil Ramirez as PTBNL in Garza deal". ChicagoNow. Archived from the original on August 26, 2013. Retrieved 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  21. ^ Muskat, Carrie (December 23, 2015). "Ramirez makes life-changing trip to Haitian orphanage". Retrieved 2016.

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