In his major league debut, Yankees' reliever Edwar Ramirez strikes out the side. Everyone who can is scrambling to determine, first, if any other pitcher has accomplished this and, second, is he for real? My concern is with the second.
My first action to learn about a minor leaguer is to check my two prospect handbooks, Baseball America's Prospect Handbook 2007 and John Sickels' The baseball Prospect Book 2007. Edwar Ramirez is in neither. Next, I'll check Minor League Baseball.com for his 2007 production. Finally, I'll compile the player's minor league stats by combining information from The Baseball Cube and MiLB.com along with Excel in order to calculate stats that are not provided by both sources.
Everything Edwar did in High A last season, he has done at AA and AAA. The K/9 is eye-popping and appears legit.
What is clear is his age and lack of higher level success kept him out of the prospect books, and, if his debut is indicative of the rest of his season, he won't be in next year's editions as he will spend the next 81 games in pinstripes.
Update [2007-7-4 6:56:17 by Eric Hz]: As reported in the New York Times: