Matt Barnes and Henry Owens grabbed most of attention from the 2011 Boston Red Sox amateur draft. There was one name that was selected several rounds later in Noe Ramirez, a right handed starting pitcher out of Cal State Fullerton that has started to turn heads in 2013 as he now takes his journey to Double-A Portland.
Ramirez, who was a fourth round pick that year, has always been known as a control pitcher and was made his professional debut last year in Single-A Greenville with the Drive going 2-7 with 4.15 ERA in 16 starts. He struggled by allowing a 89 hits in 84 innings despite walking only 19 and fanning 82 batters.
Fast forward a year later, Ramirez was converted into a relief pitcher in spring training and has thrived with High-A Salem in a long/middle relief role. In 21 games pitched out of the pen, Ramirez has compiled a 2-1 record with an impressive 2.11 ERA in 47.1 innings surrendering only nine walks, zero home runs and striking out 44. His ability to get groundouts with his sinking changeup and solid low 90’s fastball has allowed him to have the success he has along with his impeccable control.
Looking ahead, Ramirez will face tougher task now pitching in Double-A with the Seadogs but could one of the next crop of young pitchers to move up the Red Sox prospect rankings. Expect him to finish the season with Portland and by next season could be a viable option in the Pawtucket Red Sox bullpen.