Elizardo Ramirez is a starting pitcher for the Reds. He made a mark for himself in long relief in 2005 but started 2006 with the AAA Louisville Bats. Ramirez was brought up after Dave Williams was designated for assignment and has capitalized on the opportunity. He’s been the victim of poor run support, but other than his number of runs, there’s little to complain about.
Here’s some stuff taken from Reds.com until I get around to doing more complete research:
- Spent most of the season at Class AAA Louisville
- ranked ninth in the International League in ERA (3.77)
- made 6 apps and 4 starts during 2 stints with the Reds, including 0-3, 6.75 in 3 starts and 2 relief apps from 5/11-6/3 and a spot start on 7/4
- in his 4 starts the Reds went 1-3 and scored 21 runs (5.3 r/ g)
- began the season at Louisville and went 2-1, 3.32 in 6 starts before he was recalled on 5/11, when Rich Aurilia went on the 15-day disabled list
- made his Reds debut in relief on 5/11 vs SD and then took the spot in the starting rotation vacated by the injured Brandon Claussen (sprained ankle) and stayed in the rotation for 2 more starts after Paul Wilson went on the disabled list (right shoulder)
- returned to Louisville on 6/9, when Luke Hudson came off the DL
- made the spot start on 7/4 at SF and received no decision in the 11-10 victory (3.2ip, 8h, 7er, 2bb, 0k, Durham HR)
- was recalled earlier that day and was optioned back to the minors after the game
- that start was preceded by a doubleheader a couple days earlier
- on 5/15 at Phi, in his first Major League start suffered the 4-3 loss (6ip, 7h, 2er, 2bb, 4k, Utley HR, Abreu HR)
- while with Louisville was named International League Pitcher of the Week for 4/7-4/17 (2gs, 1-0, 0.00, 14ip, 11h, 0r, 0bb, 9k)
- following the season played for Gigantes in the Dominican Winter League (7g, 0-5, 6.51, 27.2ip, 10k).