Juan Carlos Ramírez...On Twitter: @jcramy56...First name is spelled "JC"... Pitched for Nicaragua in 2013 World Baseball Classic qualifiers in Panama City...Entered 2009 ranked by Baseball America as fifth best prospect in Mariners organization... Pitched for La Guaira in Venezuelan Winter League in 2012-13, Carolina in Puerto Rican Winter League in 2014 and Culiacan in Mexican Winter League in 2015...Originally signed by Mariners scouts Luis Molina and Nemesio Porras.
Began season with Angels in a Major League starting rotation for first time in career... Had season cut short after suffering right elbow strain in second start of year on Apr. 7 vs. Oakland... Underwent right elbow UCL reconstruction ("Tommy John") surgery Apr. 17 with Dr. Neal ElAttrache and missed remainder of season.
Established single-season career highs with 11 wins, 105 strikeouts and 147.1 innings pitched for Angels...The 11 victories led Halos pitching staff ... Opened year in bullpen, making three relief appearances before joining starting rotation...Was one of three Major League pitchers with two wins in relief during Opening Week of the season ... Pitched in 111 career Major League games (all in relief) before making first career start on Apr. 14 at Kansas City…Became fifth player to make his first MLB start as an Angel after making 100+ relief appearances to start career, and first since Al Levine (Oct. 2, 1999 vs. TEX)…Other three to make first start as Angel after 100+ relief appearances are Dyar Miller (1979), Luis Sanchez (1983) and Doug Corbett (1984) ... Set career high with nine strikeouts on Apr. 19 at Houston & matched that total on Apr. 30 at Texas ... Completed at least seven innings pitched six times, which was tops on Angels ... With five game road win streak from Apr. 30 - June 24, became first Angels pitcher to win five straight road starts since Jered Weaver won six straight from June 27 - Aug. 22, 2012 ... In 10 road starts from Apr. 30 - Aug. 19, went 7-2 with a 2.93 ERA (58.1 IP - 19 ER)...Ranked fifth in American League in ERA in that span ... Suffered right elbow strain in start Aug. 19 at Baltimore and missed remainder of season on disabled list.
Made Reds debut on April 22 aft er opening season at Triple-A Louisville...Matched career-high with three innings pitched on April 22 vs. Cubs...Earned first Major League save on May 30 at Colorado (0.1 IP)..Set career-high on June 15 with six strikeouts…Became fi rst Reds pitcher with six strikeouts in two innings pitched since J.J. Hoover in 2014..,.Claimed off waivers by Angels on June 26...Made Angels debut June 27 vs. Houston and became fi rst Nicaraguan born player in franchise history...Earned fi rst win with Angels on July 18 vs. Texas aft er tossing 1.2 scoreless innings...Recorded fi rst save with Angels on Sept. 28 vs. Oakland...With Angels, stranded 11 of 14 inherited runners.
Earned first Major League win in Diamondbacks debut on May 10 vs. San Diego (2.2 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 3 SO) ... Traded by Arizona to Mariners on July 26 for cash considerations ... Tossed two scoreless innings in Seattle debut on Sept. 8 vs. Texas...Did not allow a run in four of first five outings with Mariners.
Did not pitch in Majors...Spent entire season in Indians organization with Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus.
Split the 2013 season between AA Reading, AAA Lehigh Valley and the Philadelphia Phillies, going a combined 5-2 w/a 4.04ERA in 34 combined Minor League relief outings (49.0IP, 44H, 22ER, 25BB, 44K, .232AVG)...Had his contract selected and was added to the 40-man roster on June 22 and made his MLB debut the next day vs. the NY Mets...Faced 17 batters w/o allowing a hit to begin his career (4.2IP, 5 scoreless games to begin career)...Was designated for assignment on 8/2 before having his contract selected again on August 25...Had a 14.1-inning scoreless streak that spanned 9 games at AAA at the time of his Aug 25 call-up… Went a span of 10.2 IP (617-8/19) without allowing a base hit at LV (opp. hitters were 0-37 in that span)...Posted a 9.31 ERA (20 ER, 19.1 IP) over his final 13 games after making 5 scoreless appearances to begin his career, allowing an ER in 10 consecutive appearances (7/7-9/15) at one point...He elected free agency after being outrighted off the Phillies' 40-man roster on October 16.
Pitched in relief all season... Began the season with Reading (AA)... Had 8 straight appearances of at least 2.0 innings, 4/13-5/8... Held Eastern League hitters to a .200 AVG (20-100)... Promoted to Lehigh Valley (AAA) on 6/4... Posted a 0.98 ERA (2 ER, 18.1 IP) in his final 12 games.
Spent the season with Reading (AA). ... Led the Eastern League in CG (3); ranked T-1st in SHO (1)and T-2nd in wins (11). ... Tied Trevor May (Clearwater) for the organizational leadin CG. ... Named Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Month for April (4-0, 1.03 ERA). ... Threw the 2nd SHO of his professional career, 4/23 at Akron (7.0 IP, 3 H, BB, 4 SO). ... Allowed 2 hits and 1 unearned run over 8.0 IP in a CG loss, 7/7 at Bowie. ... Struck out 34 batters in 35.2 IP in July (6 GS); did not have more than 16 SO in any other month. ... Ended the regular season with 3 straight wins, 8/22-9/2 (3-0, 2.12 ERA). ... Allowed only 1 hit over 6.0 scoreless innings and earned the win in Game 2 of the EL Playoffs, 9/9 at New Hampshire. ... The only hit he allowed came with 2 outs in the bottom of the 5th inning (double).
Began the season with Clearwater (A) and allowedonly 2 HR in 64.1 IP ... Was 4-1, 2.75 ERA (17 ER, 55.2 IP) in 9 of his 11 startswith Clearwater; went 0-2, 12.46 ERA (12 ER, 8.2 IP) inthe other 2 ... Promoted to Reading (AA) on 6/18 ... Pitched a CG, 7/15 at Trenton (8.0 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 9 SO) ... Batted .333 (2-6), RBI ... Had offseason hip/labrum surgery, 9/9 (Dr. Kelly)
Spent the season with High Desert (A)...Tied for the team lead in starts (27) and was 2nd ininnings (142.1) and 3rd in SO (111)...Threw his 2nd professional CG, 7/10 at Modesto (8.0 IP)
Spent the season with Wisconsin (A)...Allowed 3 ER or fewer in 18 of his 22 starts...Had a season-high 9 SO four times: 4/28 vs WestMichigan, 5/4 at Great Lakes, 5/10 vs Cedar Rapids and8/24 vs Quad Cities...Was rated the 17th-best prospect in the MidwestLeague by Baseball America...Pitched in SEA's Advance Development League inPeoria, AZ following the season
Spent the season with Everett (A)...Held RHH to a .185 average (25-135)...Participated in the Arizona Instructional Leaguefollowing the season
Made his pro debut with the Venezuelan SummerLeague Mariners (R)...Threw his first professional SHO, 7/27 at Reds (W, 9.0 IP,3 H, 5 SO)...Allowed fewer than 3 runs in 11 of his 13 starts