Thrown just 10 times in 2019 Ramirez’s changeup had a ton of horizontal movement with really great vertical drop that gives it great depth and makes it look like a nightmare for hitters. Hopefully we’ll get to see a larger same of the pitch in 2020.
Thrown just twice in 2019, Ramirez’s curveball has roughly average movement for a curveball but it did get good results in its two pitches (one called strike, one swinging strike)
Thrown just three times in 2019, Ramirez’s four-seamer had the unfortunate results of being thrown for two balls and one base hit. In other words, he threw the pitch in the zone once and it immediately got ripped for a hit.
Thrown just seven times in 2019, Ramirez’s cutter did not register a single strikeout or walk but did throw four strikes with it, three of which were immediately turned into hits, two of which were home runs! Never throw this cutter again Erasmo, it’s cursed.
Never an overpowering pitch, Ramirez’s sinker dropped to a paltry 2.9% strikeout rate last season with a 2 mph slip in velocity. A .355 BAA was a huge contributor to Ramirez’s struggles, and he’ll need to find this pitch again to be effective.
Despite underwhelming velocity and whiff rate, Ramirez locates his cutter better than most pitches. Though he only introduced it to the repertoire in 2016, it’s been a reliable second pitch with decent movement. Expect him to throw it more in 2019.
Ramirez’s changeup had been one of his most reliable pitches — until last season. A .188 BAA looks sparkling until you look at the .286 mark from last season. The pitch’s .346 BABIP suggests some bad luck may have been involved, and some positive regression may be in store for this pitch.
A much more reliable pitch earlier in his career, Ramirez’s slider has become almost an afterthought in his repertoire. A significant drop in velocity last year also caused a major drop in movement of the pitch. 2019 may bring about even further limited use.
From a results standpoint, Ramirez’s four-seamer has been his most-effective pitch in his career. However, he threw it only 7% of the time last season, relying far more on his sinker. Finding more comfort with this pitch may help Ramirez to find a groove and limit hard contact.
Though Ramirez utilized his curveball a reasonable amount early in his career, a lack of positive results with the pitch has led to him to understandably use it very sparingly lately, throwing it just 15 times in 2018. Spin rate is middling; velocity is below-average. The most noteworthy thing about this pitch is the home run Manuel Margot drilled off it this year.