The Los Angeles Dodgers have re-signed pitcher Yefry Ramirez to a minor league deal according to Chris Hilburn-Trenkle of Baseball America. The right-hander spent last year in the Dodgers organization, with the bulk of his time stemming from his stay at Triple-A.
Ramirez has typically worked as a starter throughout his career, though his lone big league action in 2021 came out of the Dodgers’ bullpen. The 28-year-old’s season ERA sits at 0.00 after pitching two innings of mop-up duty against the Diamondbacks on August 1. Ramirez was designated for assignment a few days later to make room for LA’s ill-fated summer signing of Cole Hamels.
The right-hander didn’t fare nearly as well in a hitter-friendly Triple-A environment, however. In 25 games (22 starts) and 113 innings sandwiched around that major league call-up, Ramirez sported a 5.02 ERA. His 22.9% strikeout rate at the level was respectable but a corresponding 10.2% walk rate speaks to a growing command problem, as Ramirez has seen his control numbers worsen after every promotion.
That Ramirez has received as many promotions as he has however speaks to his talent level. A converted-infielder, Ramirez has now been a part of six organizations and seen major league time with three of them. Similarly encouraging is that Ramirez regularly carves up competition in the Dominican Winter League, even if his current 1.42 ERA there is accompanied by nearly a walk per inning.
All told, the right-hander is likely to occupy a similar depth role with the Dodgers next year, as further pitcher acquisitions should push him back to the minors. Still, he stands a good chance of receiving another call-up at some point given the team’s current roster construction.
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