8/23 Cubs get Ramirez
The Cubs claimed right-handed pitcher Neil Ramirez off waivers from the Rangers, and he will be the “player to be named later” to complete the Matt Garza deal. Here’s a scouting report on Ramirez:
Ramirez was the No. 14 prospect on the Rangers’ Top 20 list when he was sent to the Cubs as the player to be named in the Matt Garza deal. The right-hander was initially a supplemental first-round pick in 2007 and developed slowly. He had a huge breakout season in 2011 that saw him pitch at three levels, ending in Triple-A. That momentum didn’t continue in 2012, as he was demoted to Double-A to try and right the ship. He has spent all of 2013 in the Double-A Texas League again and was leading the circuit in strikeouts at the time of the trade. Still only 24, he has an intriguing combination of stuff and command, that if he can rediscover consistency, he has what it takes to be a mid-rotation starter. He can command his fastball well and throws a deceptive changeup. He throws both a slider and curve, with the former the better of the two. Given his up-and-down career, it’s hard to know exactly what Ramirez’s ceiling is. He is still young enough to figure it out and help out a big league rotation in the future.
To refresh your memory, the Cubs sent Garza to the Rangers on July 22 in exchange for right-handed pitcher C.J. Edwards, right-handed pitcher Justin Grimm, third baseman Mike Olt and a player to be named later (now Ramirez).
Olt was batting .121 (12-for-99) in 28 games at Triple-A Iowa with two home runs, two doubles and four RBIs. He was batting .213 in 65 games with Triple-A Round Rock before he was traded. He had vision problems that caused him to miss all of May. Olt batted .288 with 28 home runs and 82 RBIs at Frisco in 2012.
Edwards has a 1.84 ERA in four games with Class A Daytona, striking out 20 over 14 2/3 innings. He was 8-2 with a 1.83 ERA in 18 games with Hickory before he was dealt.
Grimm is 1-3 with a 5.46 ERA in six starts with Iowa, striking out 33 and walking 12 over 31 1/3 innings. He was 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA in one start at Round Rock before the deal.
— Carrie Muskat