Ramirez has a solid curve but it has never been much of a swing and miss pitch. Any contact made has not done anything though. If only he could be in front of the count with other pitches to be able to use it effectively.
In 2018, Ramirez reached back and started hitting above 95 mph consistently and has hovered around there in 2019 as well. It has never been a great pitch but it’s improved almost every season and was at its best last year with a swinging strike rate almost at 15%.
Ramirez’s slider has always been his best pitch. However, in 2019 it took a step back with a much lower swinging strike (dropping from 20.7 to 15.9) with a zone contact rate in the 90s. If he’s going to make it back to what he was he’ll have to find the slider again.
Ramirez just can’t keep the four-seamer in the yard. A 20% HR/FB rate in 2018 was actually an improvement on the previous two seasons.
The slider has always been an effective part of Ramirez’s arsenal and he threw it more than 40% of the time in 2018. It has a nice zone rate, a solid chase rate, and an excellent whiff rate.