Selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the eighth round of the 2013 MLB Draft out of a south Texas high school, right-handed pitching prospect Roel Ramirez spent most of the 2017 season pitching out of the bullpen for High-A Charlotte in the Florida State League. A three-pitch righty with some natural downward plane and life, the 22-year-old Ramirez (DOB: May 26, 1995) appeared in 28 games (six starts) over the summer and finished 3-3 with a 5.29 ERA and one save. In 64.2 innings pitched over that span, he allowed 74 hits and 25 walks against 60 strikeouts.
After the summer season, the Tampa Bay Rays sent Roel Ramirez to pitch for the Surprise Saguaros at the Arizona Fall League, and it’s there that Baseball Census saw him throw multiple times in postseason action against some of the best prospects in the game. Below, we have a full Roel Ramirez scouting report, including pitch and tool grades, game video, projection notes, and more.
Roel Ramirez Scouting Report, Tampa Bay Rays — 2017
Dates observed in 2017: Arizona Fall League
Roel Ramirez Scouting Report — Tampa Bay Rays — 2017 Game Video
Roel Ramirez Scouting Report — Notes, Analysis & Projection
Still young by age at 22, Roel Ramirez will be entering the sixth year of his professional career in 2018, and he needs to start finding some success in a relief role if there’s to be any chance of him impacting the Tampa Bay Rays at the big league level one day. I was ultimately pretty unimpressed with his stuff in my AFL looks; he doesn’t miss bats, he lacks real wipeout stuff, his fastball isn’t hard enough to rely on in short stints, and his command—even for a reliever—lacks the feel one needs in any sort of high-leverage role. Sure, maybe I saw a few different bad days in short succession, but even with a bit of a charitable bump assuming he’s marginally better than my looks, it’s unlikely the righty will carve out a niche in anything beyond lower leverage middle/long relief at this point.
In the meantime, Roel Ramirez should spend the 2018 season with Double-A Montgomery in the Southern League, where he’ll need to prove his splitter/slider combo can show enough life to miss bats if he’s to have any hope of one day making a big impact on the Tampa Bay Rays. That downtown Montgomery ballpark is a good place to pitch, so if he’s to have a breakout year out of the ‘pen, now would be a good time.
Overall Future Potential (Future Value): Low-leverage middle relief role at ceiling; will more likely settle in as emergency call-up/organizational depth (35/40)
MLB ETA: 2020
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