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The Cubs optioned right-handed pitcher Neil Ramirez to Triple-A Iowa on Sunday, and the spring camp roster is now at 36. The roster now consists of 17 pitchers, including non-roster invitee Tsuyoshi Wada; four catchers, eight infielders and seven outfielders.
Jose Veras, Pedro Strop, James Russell, Wesley Wright and Carlos Villanueva are set for the bullpen, unless the Cubs decided to use Villanueva as the fifth starter at the beginning of the season. Other relievers still in the mix include Justin Grimm, Hector Rondon and Alberto Cabrera, who is out of options.
“I don’t know if being out of options is the defining factor of somebody’s thinking,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said about putting together the 25-man roster. “I think their performances dictate that.”
The next roster cuts are expected after Tuesday’s day-night split squad games.
– Carrie Muskat
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
Matt Garza has made three starts for the Rangers since he was acquired on July 22, but there’s still a player to be named later that the Cubs will receive as part of the trade. Double A Frisco pitcher Neil Ramirez could be that player or the Rangers could sent two other players to Chicago.
“You hear stuff from the Internet, but I’m just trying to get healthy,” Ramirez told MLB.com. “Whatever happens, happens. It’s one of those things you can’t control so there’s no use in worrying about it. Either way, I just got to get healthy, go back out there and compete again.”
Ramirez was placed on the disabled list on July 24, retroactive to July 21, with a right shoulder injury. The 14th best prospect in the club’s farm system, according to MLB.com, has had shoulder problems before during his six years in the Minors.
“It’s kind of been from throwing and a combination of some other things,” Ramirez said on the injury. “For the sake of not really wanting to get into that, it was just an off the field thing. It wasn’t anything serious. I’m just glad to get back out there now.”
The Rangers supplemental first round pick in the 2007 MLB First-Year Player Draft threw a 35-pitch bullpen session this week and plans to have another session Sunday, throwing around 45-50 pitches. If all goes well, Ramirez thinks he’ll be ready to return.
“I’m just taking it day-by-day, but it’s definitely feeling a lot better,” Ramirez said. “I thought the effort level and intensity was good. I was able to make all my pitches with no problems and felt comfortable.”