Neil Ramirez, Relief Pitcher, Washington Nationals
Date of Birth: 5/25/1989
Birthplace: Virginia Beach, Virginia
Neil Ramirez, relief pitcher for the Washington Nationals, was first drafted in 2007 by the Texas Rangers. He pitched in the Rangers' minor league system from 2008 until August 23, 2013, when he was traded to the Chicago Cubs. He spent the rest of the 2013 season in the minors.
Ramirez pitched in 50 games with the Cubs in 2014. He finished the season with a 1.44 ERA, 3 wins and 3 losses, 3 saves, and 53 strikeouts to 17 walks in 43.2 innings. The following season, he was on the DL for right shoulder inflammation and abdominal soreness. He pitched in just 19 games with the Cubs and he had a 3.21 ERA.
In 2016, Ramirez pitched for three teams. He started with the Cubs, pitching in eight games with them through May. The Milwaukee Brewers claimed him off waivers on May 31st. He then pitched in two games with the Brewers before he was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Twins on June 12th. He finished the season with a 6.14 ERA in eight games with the Twins.
Ramirez became a free agent on November 7, 2016. The San Francisco Giants signed him on November 21st. He was designated for assignment on April 30, 2017. The Toronto Blue Jays claimed him off waivers on May 4th. He was designated for assignment on May 9th and he elected free agency on May 14th. He signed with the New York Mets on May 16th. He was designated for assignment once again on July 20th.
Ramirez signed a minor league contract with the Nationals on July 27, 2017.
Career pitching statistics for Ramirez through 2016 include:
- 87 games played
- 81.2 innings pitched
- 4-3 win-loss record
- 92 strikeouts to 41 walks
Ramirez and his wife Tiffany were married in October, 2014.