(posted March 27, 6:00 p.m.)- After putting together an impressive spring training, right-handed pitcher Erasmo Ramírez, 21, of Rivas, was notified yesterday that he has made the Opening Day roster for the Seattle Mariners, becoming the 12th Nicaraguan baseball player to make the Major Leagues.
Ramírez started two games as a rookie pitcher in spring training, winning one and giving up a total of 6 hits and 1 earned run in 7 innings pitched. The right-hander walked 1 batter and fanned 3.
“He’s shown us everything he needs to show us,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge told MLB.com. “We’ve seen him as a starter, we’ve seen him in the bullpen, and we’ll be able to see him at least one more time. Everything that I’ve heard about him, because I haven’t really seen him before this spring, is what we’ve seen. It’s pretty impressive.”
El Nuevo Diario spoke with Ramírez yesterday during his last day of spring training, right after Wedge gave him the good news that he made the team.
“I have always focused on doing the best work I could do each time I took the mound, thinking that I was going to make it hard for them to take me off the team and send me down to the minor leagues,” Ramírez told El Nuevo Diario by phone. “They kept making cuts to the team and I was happy because I knew my possibilities (of making the team) were growing, but also my responsibilities. But I think they have valued my work and here I am.”
Ramírez, who is already in Tokyo, Japan for the Mariners’ opener against the Oakland Athletics on March 28, will be one of four Nicaraguans playing in the Major Leagues this year.
Veteran pitcher Vicente Padilla is fighting for a starting spot on the Boston Red Sox, shortstop Everth Cabrera is fighting for the starting job for the San Diego Padres, and Wilton López is a pitcher for the Houston Astros.