As part of the group of players that was sent to Philadelphia from Seattle in December 2009, in exchange for start pitcher Cliff Lee, expectations were high for JC Ramirez from the team, the fans and himself as well.
Originally signed by the Mariners in 2005 out of Nicaragua, the 22-year-old Ramirez was a catcher in his youth before he became a pitcher.
Ramirez joined the Phillies organization with a career ERA of 4.78 in 82 games as a professional. The righty starter pitched for both High A Level Clearwater and Double A Reading last year. Combined at the two levels, Ramirez posted a 7-7 record with a 4.82 ERA in 24 starts.
This season, with refined secondary pitches, the 6-foot-3-inch, 225-pound Ramirez is off to a scorching start to help lead the Reading Phillies to an 18-10 record, which is good enough for first place in the Eastern League's Eastern Division. In 5 games this season, Ramirez has a 4-1 record, a 1.86 ERA and a .186 batting average against.
This past week I spoke with JC about those high expectations, his progress, looking up to the big league Phils' pitching staff, Twitter and plenty more. Check out the media player below to listen to the full interview.
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