After being acquired via trade from the Mariners, Jose Ramirez found himself on the Braves' 2016 Opening Day roster. Entering the season, the righty had only thrown 17.2 big league innings, in which he'd surrendered a hefty 17 earned runs. He did not fare much better in his 2016 debut and was demoted to Triple-A Gwinnett a week into the season after allowing six earned runs in his first two innings of relief. Ramirez rebounded in Triple-A, as he fanned more than a batter per inning over 41.1 frames. His solid performance earned him a promotion in late July. The 26-year-old rattled off a 2.05 ERA and punched out 8.51 per nine innings in 31 appearances over the final two months of the season. He finished the year with a nice 23.1 percent strikeout rate, but command remained an issue, as he posted a 12.6 percent walk rate. If Ramirez makes the big league club in 2017, he'll likely be utilized in a similar role and does not project to provide much fantasy value unless he surpasses several options ahead of him for save chances.
Ramirez is expected to win a bullpen spot with the Braves this spring. The 27-year-old is now on his third organization after coming over from the Mariners in 2015, but has yet to establish himself as a reliable major league arm. He did post solid numbers for the Braves in 32.2 innings last season after a strong run for Triple-A Gwinnett, though, and in a bullpen lacking in proven arms, Ramirez stands a good shot at winning a significant role this spring. He could be a useful source of K's and holds in fantasy formats where that has value.
Ramirez was suspended three games Friday in response to his intentional throws at Jose Fernandez's head, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. Ramirez was the instigator of a big conflict Wednesday night after firing a pitch around the ace's head in the seventh inning. The 26-year-old is appealing, but it very well could just delay the repercussions for his actions. This situation should become clearer once the appeal is heard.
Ramirez's contract was selected Thursday from Triple-A Gwinnett. Ramirez has been highly effective with Triple-A Gwinnett this season, posting a 2.18 ERA and 1.27 WHIP over 41.1 innings and will now get a shot to display his abilities in the majors. The 26-year-old has a chance stick around the rest of the season as the Braves figure to be looking for fresh talent, given they have the worst record in the National League.
Ramirez cleared waivers Thursday and will join Triple-A Gwennette, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports. Ramirez had a tough start to the season, giving up six earned runs in just two innings of work, leading to the Braves designating him for assignment. He will continue to develop in Triple-A where he posted a 4.16 ERA in just over 62 innings pitched in 2015.
Ramirez was designated for assignment by the Braves on Monday, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports. Ramirez threw each of the last two days and was torched for five earned runs in one inning in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals, so the Braves decided to replace him with a fresh arm in Joel De La Cruz. Ramirez's next step will be determined after his waiver period comes to an end.