Ramon Santo Ramirez signed with the Texas Rangers at the age of 16 as an outfielder, but converted to a pitcher after being cut by the Rangers. ... Was out of baseball for four years while he developed his pitching technique. ... He sings Christian music in his in-house studio.
Began the season in the Giants organization after signing a minor league contract, appearing in 20 games with AAA Fresno before having his contract purchased on May 29…made six appearances before being designated for assignment on June 13 and subsequently released…signed a minor league contract with Tampa Bay on July 1 before being released on Aug. 1…had a 3.15 ERA (7 ER, 20.0 IP) in 21 relief appearances with Gigantes de Cibao in the Dominican Winter League.
Opposing hitters batted .217 (25-115) after the All-Star break; .275 (35-120) before the All-Star break…had a 2.13 ERA (3 ER, 12.2 IP) in 12 games from May 24-July 19…placed on the 15-Day DL on June 5 with a strained right hamstring…reinstated from the 15-Day DL on June 24.
In his first full season with San Francisco, he went 3-3 with a career-best 2.62 ERA in 66 relief appearances. ... Averaged 8.7 strikeouts per 9.0 innings, fanning 66 batters in 68.2 innings. ... Limited lefthanded hitters to a .250 (17-68) average and allowed only one extra-base hit to lefthanded batters. ... Righties hit .203 (37-182). ... Finished the season with the fifth-lowest road ERA (1.76) among NL relievers with a minimum of 30.0 innings pitched. ... Ended the month of September with a 0.82 ERA (one earned run/11.0 innings pitched) and did not allow a run in his final 10 appearances.
Had stellar season with Boston and San Francisco, going combined 1-3 with 2.99 ERA (23er, 69.1ip) and 3 saves in 69 relief appearances ... Was one of Giants top set-up men after trade deadline, giving up total of just 2 earned runs in 27.0 innings, for 0.67 ERA, which was 2nd-best in NL beginning Aug.1 (min. 20.0ip)...only FLA's Clay Hensley had lower mark with 0.66 ERA (2er, 27.ip) ... Appeared in 7th inning or later in 18 of his 25 games with San Francisco ... 12 of his 25 appearances for Giants were in relief of starting pitcher, during which he allowed 2 earned runs in 14.0 innings (1.29 ERA) ... Blanked opponents in 27 of his final 29 games (that includes his final 4 appearances with Red Sox), fashioning 0.59 ERA (2er, 30.1ip) ... Stranded 29 of 36 (80.6%) inherited runners overall, including 17 of his last 19 ... Earned only win with SF Sept. 21 at Chicago-NL ... Recorded 1st save with SF Sept. 30 vs. Arizona ... Went 0-3 with 2 saves with 4.46 ERA (21er, 42.1ip) in 44 games with Boston. POSTSEASON HIGHLIGHTS:
Appeared in 5 games during postseason, going 0-1 with 13.50 ERA (6er, 4.0ip) ... Lone loss of playoffs came in Game 2 of Division Series vs. Atlanta as he gave up eventual go ahead solo home run to Rick Ankiel in 11th inning.
Posted a 3.65 ERA in 11 relief appearances during 2 stints with Reds...Spent the majorityof the season with Triple-A Louisville, appearing in 31 games (20 starts) for the Bats...Held opponents to a .186 average (8-for-43) in the Majors...Began year with Louisville and recalled by CIN 5/19 to fill roster spot vacated by disabled RHP Nick Masset...Made 1 relief outing, 5/21 vs. PHI, and was optioned back to Louisville the following day...Remained withBats until 8/31 when he was promoted between games of a home day-night doubleheader against the Pirates...Posted a 2.70 ERA (3 ER/10.0 IP) in 10 games in September/October for the Reds...7 of his final 8 outings(from 9/17-season's end) were scoreless...Made 1st 19 appearances for the Bats as a starter and 11 of last 12 in relief, including each of his last 9 outings...Went 5-7 with a 4.39 ERA (54 ER/110.2 IP) in 20 starts for Louisville, compared to 1-0 with a 1.62 mark(3 ER/16.2 IP) in 11 relief appearances...In March, made 3 relief appearances for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic...Compiled a 5.06 ERA (3ER/5.1 IP) with 3 strikeouts and 5 walks...Claimed off waivers by TB on 11/9 and released 12/2...Claimed off waivers by BOS on 12/9...Pitched for Navegantes del Magallanes and Caribes de Anzoategui in the Venezuelan Winter League after theseason...Combined to go 1-2 with a 6.56 ERA (17 ER/23.1 IP), 16 strikeouts and 8 walks in 7 games (5 starts).
Came to the Red Sox in a trade for outfielder Coco Crisp on November 19 after spendingthe entire 2008 season with Kansas City...Was his first American League campaign after playingfor the Colorado Rockies from 2006-07...Went 3-2 with one save and a 2.64 ERA (21 ER/71.2IP) in 71 relief appearances...Ranked among A.L. relief leaders in holds (T7th, 21), innings (11th,71.2) and strikeouts (13th, 70)...Finished 10th in games, the 10th-highest single-season total inRoyals history...Established personal bests in saves,games, innings, K's and ERA...Acquired by Kansas Cityon March 26 from Colorado for a player to be namedlater (LHP Jorge De La Rosa).
VS. RIGHTIES: Held righthanders to a .153 (21-for-137)batting average, the lowest in the A.L. among pitcherswith at least 50 appearances...Only the Cubs' CarlosMarmol (.103) and Philadelphia's Brad Lidge (.105)ranked higher in the majors...In his career, has heldrighties to a .198 (63-for-318) clip with .586 OPS...Leftieshit .300 (36-for-120) off him in 2008.
HOMER HAPPY: Allowed just 2 home runs all season, a2-run shot by Nick Swisher on July 20 at Chicago, anda solo blast by Kelly Shoppach on August 20 at Cleveland...Was one of 3 pitchers in the majors with 70.0innings or more while giving up 2 long balls or fewer...Roy Corcoran (1 HR/72.2 IP) did it for Seattle and Jason Grilli (2 HR/75.0 IP) combined to turn thetrick with Detroit and Colorado...Has surrendered 2 homers in 78 games (76.2 IP) beginning June 4,2007, the 3rd-fewest in the majors among pitchers with at least 70.0 innings in that time...Only theDodgers' Joe Beimel (1 HR/91.2 IP) and Corcoran (1 HR/72.2 IP) rank higher on that list.
SELECT COMPANY: Was one of just 3 A.L. relievers with at least 70 strikeouts, 70 appearances andan ERA under 3.00, joined by the Angels' Francisco Rodriguez and the White Sox' Matt Thornton...Is one of 12 pitchers in major league history to reach those marks in a season while allowing2 home runs or less, also accomplished in 2008 by Philadelphia's Brad Lidge...Was the first A.L.hurler to achieve those numbers since Mariano Rivera and Juan Rincon each did it in 2005.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Permitted just 23 percent (12 of 52) of inherited runners to score, 13thamong qualifying A.L. relievers and 8th among righthanders...Stranded his first 12 inherited runnersof the season before plating a run on a wild pitch on May 9 vs. Baltimore...Allowed morethan one run in just 5 of his 71 appearances...Held opponents to a .192 (14-for-73) average withrunners in scoring position and .143 (5-for-35) in that situation with 2 outs.
MORE 2008 HIGHLGHTS: Surrendered a run in one of his first 13 games through May 3, logginga 0.66 ERA (1 ER/13.2 IP) in that span...Gave up 10 earned runs over 14.2 innings (6.14 ERA) in hisnext 13 games through June 7, including a season-high 4 runs on May 28 vs. Minnesota...Posted a2.08 ERA (10 ER/43.1 IP) over his remaining 45 outings with just one earned run allowed in his final14 contests (13.2 IP)...Kansas City won all 10 of his September appearances...Fanned 36 battersin his first 30.2 innings through June 10 and had 52 K's in 47.0 frames through July 20...All 3 of hiswins came in his final 27 games, including his first 2 over a span of 5 appearances from July 20-30...Victory on July 20 at Chicago (AL) was his first since May 27, 2007 at San Francisco...Recordedhis first major league save in the nightcap of a doubleheader on September 4 vs. Oakland.
Split the season between Colorado and Triple-A Colorado Springs...began the year on theRockies' Opening Day roster and spent the first two months with the club, including a disabled list stint fromApril 18-May 15 with a right elbow strain...was recalled to the big league club on three separate occasions:July 20, Aug. 15 and Sept. 8...overall, went 2-2 with an 8.31 ERA (17.1 ip, 16 er) in 22 relief appearancesfor the Rockies in 2007...opposing batters hit .313 (21-for-67) off Ramirez, who allowed runs in just five of 22games...did not allow an earned run in 11 games and 9.0 innings pitched on the road...all 16 runs allowedcame at Coors Field where he posted a 17.28 ERA (8.1 ip, 16 er) in 11 contests...was unscored upon overhis first eight games, allowing just three hits during that span...however, following his DL stint, allowed eight runs injust 1.1 innings over two consecutive outings from May 19-20 vs. Kansas City...gave up a career-high five runsin just 0.2 innings on May 20...allowed six runs in 4.1 innings, covering his next five games, before beingoptioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs on June 7...wasrecalled to the big league club again on July 20,appearing in six games and allowing just two runs in 4.0innings of work...was optioned on Aug. 7, but a weeklater was recalled on the 15th...made his final appearancewith the Rockies on Aug. 16, pitching 1.0 scorelessinning at San Diego...was optioned for the finaltime the following day and spent the final two weeksat Colorado Springs...overall, for the Sky Sox,Ramirez went 4-0 with a 2.28 ERA (27.2 ip, 7 er) in 25relief appearances...went 0-for-3 in savechances...allowed just six of 23 inherited runners toscore and held opposing batters at a .182 (18-for-99)clip...left-handed batters hit .256 (10-for-39) offRamirez, while right-handers hit just .133 (8-for-60)...was unscored upon in 18 of 25 games...allowedjust two earned runs over his final 13 innings pitched(1.38 ERA)...was recalled to Colorado on Sept. 8 followingthe Sky Sox's season, but was placed on the60-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation.
Making the most of an early-season opportunity, Ramirez madehis major league debut and was one of the more effective relievers forColorado in his rookie campaign...went 4-3 with a 3.46 ERA (67.2 ip, 26 er)in 61 relief appearances for the Rockies, posting 61 strikeouts against 27walks...was given opportunity after an injury to Mike DeJean...his 61appearances was third-most ever by a Rox rookie, trailing only Javier Lopez(75 in 2003) and Steve Reed (64 in 1993)...had more strikeouts than anyother rookie reliever in team history and his relief ERA also set a franchisemark for rookies...ranked T2nd in Rockies history for relief innings by arookie...ranked T6th among N.L. rookies in appearances...tossed 15.1consecutive scoreless innings to open his first season, a franchise recordto begin a career...it was the longest streak by any relief pitcher to begin amajor league career since Padres' Jeremy Fikac tossed 16.0 consecutivescoreless frames from Aug. 16-Sept. 17, 2001...ranked among team reliefleaders in wins (T1st), innings (2nd), strikeouts (2nd), ERA (2nd), gamesfinished (4th, 14), holds (4th, 10), and appearances (5th)...averaged 8.11strikeouts per nine innings, second-best among Rox relievers...opponents hit just.230, second-lowest figure by a Colorado reliever...right-handers hit just .194(27-for-139)...first batters faced hit .288 (15-for-52) with nine walks...allowed14 of 35 (40.0%) inherited runners to score...was 0-for-2 in save opportunities...went 3-0 with a 1.48 mark(24.1 ip, 4 er) in 26 games on the road...10 of his 26 earned runs allowed came against the Dodgers...formeroutfielder went 2-for-4 at the plate, including a pair of hits in his first two at-bats...began the year withColorado Springs, but made just one appearance, retiring all three batters faced April 6 at Tacoma...wasrecalled by Rockies April 12 when Mike DeJean was placed on the DL...made his major league debut April14 vs. Philadelphia, tossing 2.0 shutout innings with 2 K's...lined a single to right field off Chan Ho Park onfirst pitch of his first major league plate appearance on April 19 vs. San Diego...earned first ML win April 25at Philadelphia, tossing 2.1 shutout innings to preserve a one-run victory...allowed three runs in 0.1 inning May15 vs. Los Angeles, ending career-opening scoreless streak at 15.1 innings...took first career loss in thatouting...did not give up runs over his next 10 outings after that loss, then allowed four runs in 0.2 inning onJune 10 vs. Los Angeles, but Rox still won 12-9...allowed first home run in that outing, three-run shot by RussellMartin, his final batter faced, in the 7th...beginning Aug. 13, had a 4.84 ERA (22.1 ip, 12 er) over his final17 games to raise final figure from 2.78 to 3.46...in 18-inning game on Aug. 15 vs. Arizona, longest gamein club history, allowed one run in 4.0 innings, establishing career highs for innings and strikeouts(5)...earned win in his final appearance of '06 on Sept. 30 at Chicago-NL, tossing 1.2 scoreless innings towrap up a 14-inning, 11-9 win over the Cubs.
Began the year with Columbus (AAA), going 1-3, 5.33 in six games/starts...in season debut on April 9 at Charlotte, took no decision despite allowing one run in 7.0 innings with no walks and six strikeouts...would not pitch more than 5.0 innings in any of his last five starts with the Clippers, allowing four or more runs in three of those five outings...sent to Trenton (AA) on May 7 after final appearance on May 4 vs. Louisville in which he allowed five runs in 5.0 innings...went 6-5, 3.84 in 15 games/starts for the Thunder, including 5-0, 1.08 (33.1 ip, 4 er) in five home starts...posted 10 quality starts, including a pair of season-high 8.0-inning outings...one of those games was third start, his first win, allowing one run in 8.0 innings with season-high 11 strikeouts on May 20 vs. Harrisburg...tossed 6.0 shutout innings in win on June 7 vs. Erie...beginning June 17, went 4-2, 3.16 (51.1 ip, 18 er) in final eight starts with Trenton, tossing at least 6.0 innings in seven of the eight outings...posted low ERA in that stretch despite allowing seven runs in one of those starts...posted 10 K's in final start on July 25 vs. Erie...was assigned to Tulsa (AA) after being acquired by Colorado in June 28 trade with New York-AL...went 2-1, 5.33 in nine games/three starts...first three outings with Drillers were starts, going 2-0, then finished with six relief appearances...pitched for Peoria Javelinas in Arizona Fall League, making 10 relief appearances with one start.
Began the season at Triple-A Columbus, going 0-3 with a 8.50 ERA in four starts...was transferredto Double-A Trenton on 5/1...finished the season with the Thunder, going 4-6 with two complete gamesand a 4.62 ERA in 18 starts...averaged 10.1 K/ 9 IP (tops among Eastern League starters)...was tied for firstamong Eastern League pitchers with a 1.000 fielding percentage...on 5/16 was placed on the seven-day disabledlist with left heel pain...struck out a season-high 11 batters on 7/21 at Akron...had two-hitter in 4-1 winover Norwich on 8/17 and set a Trenton franchise record by retiring the final 24 batters of the game.
Combined to go 3-10 with a 4.43 ERA in 20 games (18 starts) for Single-A Tampa, Double-ATrenton and Triple-A Columbus...in his debut with Trenton threw 7.1 shutout innings at Norwich on 8/10...forGrand Canyon in the Arizona Fall League, was 3-2 with a 1.44 ERA in seven games (six starts)...ranked first inthe Fall League in ERA and was fifth with 25 strikeouts while walking only two...was ranked the #5 prospect inthe Yankees organization by Basball America
Spent the season with the Hiroshima Carp in the Japanese League...spent most of the season in theJapanese minor leagues, making only two appearances with Hiroshioma and allowing one earned run.
Did not play organized baseball.
Played outfield in his first pro season, batting .245 (23x94) with 2 home runs and 9 RBI in 39 games for Texas in the Dominican Summer League.