Thrown just 10 times in 2019, Ramos’ Changeup has good horizontal movement paired with excellent vertical drop and looks straight filthy. Could be a real fun pitch if Ramos gets more innings in 2020.
Ramos’ fastball and it had mixed results. While having a 25.9 O-Swing% is great for a fastball, and a 10.5 SwStr% is likewise respectable as well. Unfortunately it got hit pretty hard as well to the tune of a .333 AVG with a .946 OPS and 174 wRC+. He’s going to have to find a way to lever the former qualities in a way that can help eliminate the latter.
While not quite a Money Pitch, Ramos’ slider was once again amazing in 2018, being his most-used and by far most valuable offering. Though the spin rate was down a bit from the spectacular 2632 RPM it registered in 2017, the 2580 from 2018 is still amazing. Batters couldn’t hit it, couldn’t lay it off, and when they could hit it, they didn’t do anything with it. This slider is and will continue to be an extremely dangerous pitch for the 26-year-old reliever.
While it has solid velocity, the four-seamer hasn’t done a whole lot for Ramos. Despite having spectacular spin, Ramos doesn’t control the pitch particularly well, and it gets mashed by both lefties and righties. Reigning in the awful walk rates stemming from this pitch would do wonders for making it useful and would subsequently positively impact the rest of his arsenal.
This pitch doesn’t have much to take note of, as Ramos throws it so sparingly. However, as in years past, the rare occasions he does break it out are successful, and in three seasons, he has yet to allow a hit with the pitch.
The two-seamer was a new addition for Ramos in 2018, and we haven’t seen it enough to really make any noteworthy judgements or determinations. He threw the vast majority of his two-seamers to lefties, who were hitless against it.