Manny Ramirez

Position: RHRP
Level: SS A
Affiliate: Tri-City Valley Cats
League: NY-Penn League
Born: 11/21/1999 (Age: 20)
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 170
B/T: Right / Right
Acquired: Signed as international free agent July 2, 2017 (HOU)

Prospect Spotlight

Ramirez wasn’t a highly touted international prospect, signing with the Astros for a meager $50K bonus in 2017.  After a strong stateside debut in 2018, the 19-year-old has continued to pitch well this season with Short-Season Tri-City.  Across 36.1 innings, the right-hander has a 3.72 ERA and a K:BB ratio of 49:38.  I saw the youngster pitch on August 9th against Hudson Valley.

Listed at 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds., Ramirez does not possess the frame of a prototypical starting pitcher.  He has a squatty build and thick lower half without much room for projectability.  Ramirez has a full-circle arm action and high ¾ slot.  His fastball sat between 92-to-94 mph with occasional cut.  The control of his heater is extremely spotty due to an inconsistent release point, which might be the result of his drop-and-drive delivery.  Surprisingly, Ramirez shows excellent feel and control of his curveball, which ranges between 79-82 mph.  The offering flashed plus with good shape and hammer 11-to-5 bite.  He frequently froze opposing hitters with the pitch, but rarely buried it in the dirt for swings and misses. Ramirez also has a changeup which sat around 85 mph and frequently missed up in the zone.  While it is a distant third offering, he showed a willingness to throw it regularly (perhaps a mandate from the coaching staff).

Between his lack of size, spotty fastball command and under-developed third pitch, I don’t believe Ramirez is a long-term option in the rotation.  However, the combination of above-average fastball velo and devastating hook should allow him to carve out a role in the ‘pen, FV 40.