Neil Ramirez
Neil Ramirez
30-Year-Old PitcherRP
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a minor-league contract with the Blue Jays in August of 2019.
Elects free agency
PFree Agent  
September 4, 2019
Ramirez cleared waivers and elected free agency Wednesday, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
ANALYSIS
Ramirez recorded a 5.40 ERA this season in 25 innings for Cleveland and Toronto. The 30-year-old owns a career 4.46 ERA over parts of six seasons, meaning he's likely to keep finding work but is unlikely to pitch in a high-leverage role.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
21
Last 10 Games
22
Last 5 Games
28
How many pitches does Neil Ramirez generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Neil Ramirez generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-10%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-14%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-6%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-33%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .238 183 46 28 36 5 0 10
Since 2017vs Right .265 262 73 26 61 15 0 12
2019vs Left .295 51 9 7 13 3 0 4
2019vs Right .255 61 15 8 13 3 0 3
2018vs Left .218 68 15 11 12 2 0 4
2018vs Right .233 112 36 7 24 7 0 5
2017vs Left .212 64 22 10 11 0 0 2
2017vs Right .316 89 22 11 24 5 0 4
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-4%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-10%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-8%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-8%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 5.70 1.49 53.2 0 1 0 11.7 4.4 2.3
Since 2017Away 5.48 1.60 44.1 0 4 0 9.9 5.7 1.6
2019Home 5.14 1.36 14.0 0 1 0 10.3 1.9 2.6
2019Away 5.73 2.00 11.0 0 0 0 6.5 9.8 2.5
2018Home 4.74 1.53 19.0 0 0 0 13.3 4.7 2.4
2018Away 4.37 1.10 22.2 0 3 0 9.1 3.2 1.6
2017Home 6.97 1.55 20.2 0 0 0 11.3 5.7 2.2
2017Away 7.59 2.25 10.2 0 1 0 15.2 6.8 0.8
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Stat Review
How does Neil Ramirez compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
1.60
 
K/9
8.6
 
BB/9
5.4
 
HR/9
2.5
 
Fastball
94.5 mph
 
ERA
5.40
 
WHIP
1.64
 
BABIP
.290
 
GB/FB
0.41
 
Left On Base
80.1%
 
Exit Velocity
88.9 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
10.1%
 
Spin Rate
2410 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
31.9%
 
Swinging Strike
14.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Big things were expected of Ramirez after his strong rookie season in 2014, but shoulder and abdominal injuries limited him to just 19 appearances last year. He was a bit lucky in 2014, so we expected some regression in 2015, but it's hard to make much judgment out of just 14 innings. Certainly his rate stats all declined, but not by a significant amount, and he continues to do a good job of keeping the ball in the park (three home runs allowed 57.2 career innings). Though he had just two holds last year, he picked up 17 in 2014 and will likely be a key part of the bullpen again as long he stays healthy. Just don't expect a 1.44 ERA again.
Hands up for all of you who thought Ramirez would be the best pitcher in the Cubs' bullpen last year. The 1.44 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 43.2 innings were nice, but they come with some warning signs, namely the 17 walks, .278 BABIP, and 89 percent strand rate. This is a player who has posted some gaudy strikeout numbers but who has otherwise struggled in the minors. If you're counting on a repeat season from Ramirez in 2015, don't say we didn't warn you. The correction is coming.
The Cubs got Ramirez as part of the Matt Garza deal, and while his ERA has never been great, his strikeout rate is outstanding. In 107.2 Double-A innings last year, Ramirez struck out 132. While he can stand to get his walks down a bit, and the home run rate can use some improvement as well, Ramirez is still just 24 and could find himself in Chicago this summer.
Ramirez basically skipped High-A and Double-A altogether, pitching just 23.2 innings at those levels before progressing all the way to Triple-A Round Rock, originally as a temporary rotation replacement due to injuries. He amassed 74.1 innings at Round Rock, allowing just 63 hits and carrying an 86:35 K:BB. The control issues have plagued him in the past, though he curtailed those issues in 2010 with just 37 walks in 140.1 innings at Low-A Hickory. There are some troubling signs, particularly as it relates to GB/FB ratios, which could limit his ceiling to a back-of-the-rotation type.
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Surrenders roster spot
PToronto Blue Jays  
September 1, 2019
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Tabbed as Monday's opener
PToronto Blue Jays  
August 11, 2019
Ramirez will serve as the Blue Jays' opener Monday against the Rangers, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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Contract selected
PToronto Blue Jays  
August 11, 2019
Ramirez's contract was selected from Triple-A Buffalo prior to Sunday's game against the Yankees.
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Signed by Blue Jays
PToronto Blue Jays  
August 7, 2019
Ramirez joined the Blue Jays on a minor-league deal Wednesday, Scott Mitchell of TSN.ca reports.
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Cut loose by Cleveland
PFree Agent  
August 2, 2019
Ramirez was released by Cleveland on Friday.
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