A little over a week ago, the Dodgers announced the signing of four amateur players from the Dominican Republic. As one might imagine, it is considerably tougher finding out information on a 17-year-old amateur from another country than it is to research a 28-year-old with major league experience, or even a 18-year-old high school kid from the United States. One of those Dominican signees was pitcher Osiris Ramirez, a right-handed pitcher signed for $100,000.
Ben Badler at Baseball America shows us Ramirez is more than just a name:
At 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, Ramirez has most recently been throwing his fastball 87-91 mph with good armside life. Scouts were mixed on his curveball, but some have seem him show feel for the 75-79 mph offering, which is more advanced than his low-80s changeup.
Ramirez is athletic and had previously been a shortstop, but he moved to the mound within the last two years and generated some buzz as a pitcher on the rise last year as July 2 approached. Ramirez, who was born in Puerto Plata, has been living in San Francisco de Macoris and training with Laurentino Genao. He’s expected to start his career in the Dominican Summer League.