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Edwar Ramirez

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.

Year Team Lg Age Org Level W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO K9 WHIP
2002 Az Angels Ariz 21 Ana Rk 2 5 3.69 13 7 0 46.1 47 22 19 1 13 45 8.74 1.290
2002 Provo Pio 21 Ana Rk 1 0 9.31 2 1 0 9.2 14 10 10 0 4 4 3.72 1.860
2003 Cedar Rpds Midw 22 Ana A 1 1 3.32 6 1 0 19 17 7 7 2 8 15 7.11 1.320
2003 Rancho Cuc Calif 22 Ana A+ 0 2 8.1 4 4 0 16.2 29 16 15 5 7 9 4.86 2.160
2005 Pensacola Central 24 Ind 2 2 1.45 43 0 11 62 37 12 10 4 15 93 13.5 0.840
2005 Salt Lake PCL 24 Laa AAA 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 0.000
2006 Edinburg untd 25 ind 1 1 1.07 25 0 16 25.1 14 6 3 2 10 46 16.34 0.950
2006 Tampa FSL 25 Nyy A+ 4 1 1.17 19 0 3 30.2 14 4 4 0 6 47 13.79 0.650
2007 Trenton East 26 Nyy AA 3 0 0.54 9 0 1 16.2 6 1 1 1 8 33 18.33 0.864
2007 SWB Int 26 Nyy AAA 0 0 0.67 15 0 4 26.2 13 2 2 0 9 47 16.15 0.840

Update [2007-7-4 6:56:17 by Eric Hz]: As reported in the New York Times:

Ramírez mixed a fastball and changeup with devastating effect in the ninth and, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, became the first Yankee since Stan Bahnsen in 1966 to begin his major league career by striking out the side.