Ender wrote: Element wrote:
The Mariners told Garland that he wasn't going to be offered a spot on the 25 man rosters. This is big because if he and Beavan took the 4th and 5th spots it would mean that Erasmo Ramirez starts the season in AAA. It looks like he has a spot entering the season!
No reason to own Erasmo Ramirez in anything but an AL only league so not a big deal to me. This is one of those I just don't understand it types. Low upside guy with a lot of risk on a mediocre team, don't sign me up. This reminds me so much of the hype for Henderson Alvarez last year which not surprisingly burned a bunch of people. Low BB isn't a great skill to target when you don't strike anyone out and don't have a single dominant pitch. You are hoping to get Mark Buerhle stats which are more or less useless in a mixed league.
I get the Henderson Alvarez comparison to some degree (arm slot maybe). The few times that I've seen Alvarez I wasn't overly impressed. He had decent movement on his fastball, but absolutely nothing like what I was seeing from Erasmo in the 2nd half last season. Ramirez' changeup is devastating. He was getting 10+ mph differential (fastball to change). From what I remember, Alvarez is not even close to that. Most everything from him was high 80's to low 90's. He doesn't change speeds and well and doesn't get anywhere close to the same amount of movement. I also think that the M's are going to surprise some people this season. I like what they're doing right now.
I'm expecting 3.65/1.20 with a K9 just north of 7. The only question that I have with him is his durability. He's small & has a max effort delivery that's not exactly clean. Reminds me a lot of Peavy when he first broke in (in terms of delivery). Even if I'm wrong, it's not like it's going to cost me much to find out.