Can J.C. Ramirez Become A Reliable Starter?

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Updated: May 11, 2017

Injuries to the starting rotation have forced one of the Los Angeles Angels best relief pitchers J.C. Ramirez into the pitching rotation. This is his fourth Major League season, and he made his first career start this season. It’s safe to say the Halos had low expectations for him in the rotation, but Ramirez has done his job.

This season Ramirez is 3-2 with a 3.74 ERA in eight games (five starts) with 33 strikeouts in 33 innings pitched. He has surprised the Halos with his ability as a starting pitcher. Until this season Ramirez hadn’t started a game since 2011 in the Philadelphia Phillies minors.

The Angels did not expect that they would have to make this move. Both Garrett Richards and Tyler Skaggs have been sidelined for long periods of time. The Angels have asked Alex Meyer to join the rotation, but could seek veteran help soon.

Meyer continues to struggle, but the 28-year-old Ramirez has blown the Angels away. Last season Ramirez went 3-4 posting a 4.35 ERA in 70 games between the Reds and Angels. He struggled heavily with the Reds, but something about the Angels has changed him.

Last season Ramirez posted a 2.91 ERA in 43 games with one save and 31 strikeouts. He was becoming one of the Halos late inning weapons until this season. The Angels were shorthanded and Ramirez made the jump to the rotation, even if he didn’t feel completely comfortable there.

Expect Ramirez to continue seeing work out of the rotation as Richards and Skaggs are not close to returns. He’s been solid in his starts thus far, and has a decent chance of becoming a part of the Angels everyday rotation.

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