Could J.C. Ramirez End Up in the Rotation?

Updated: March 21, 2017

When the Angels announced they would stretch out J.C. Ramirez to attempt to use him as a starting pitcher, not much was made of it. After all, J.C. Ramirez was only a waiver claim who had mostly struggled up to that point and wasn’t a particularly well-regarded prospect. The twenty-eight year old pitcher has been pretty good so far this Spring, though, and after coming off his best start of Spring Training, he remains firmly in the mix for a spot in the rotation. Raise your hand if you thought that would be the case for the young hurler!

Ramirez pitched five innings today, striking out six and allowing only one run, a home run, an impressive outing even if it was only against the Cincinnati Reds. Ramirez pitched decently well out of the bullpen for the Halos after coming over mid-season, and seemed a lock to pitch out of the ‘pen again for the Angels this season. Then came the news that they intended to use him a starter, and now we’re here; over halfway through the Spring and he’s still in contention for a spot in the rotation. Alex Meyer has been inconsistent so far, as he has his entire career, Skaggs has had to overcome injury, although he’s bounced back nicely, and Chavez has been consistently decent and unspectacular. It still seems fairly wide open for Ramirez at this point.

The odds are stacked against Ramirez, though, as it would be hard to imagine him beating out Chavez and Skaggs, who haven’t really done enough to lose their spot. Ramirez seemed destined to end up in the bullpen to start the season, but that may not be the case anymore. The Halos have a plethora of arms vying for a rotation spot, including but not limited to Bud Norris, Yusmeiro Petit, Jose Valdez, Mike Morin, Jose Alvarez, and Cody Ege, and Ramirez seems to be thriving in the rotation. It’s possible that Ramirez could end up in the minors continuing to work as a starter, as opposed to only pitching every few games for an inning or two at a time. The Angels may have found a diamond in the rough, and if he can continue to develop as a rotation piece in Triple-A, he could find himself in the major league rotation sooner rather than later.

You must be logged in to post a comment Login