{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Ramirez hopeful Classic leads to Majors return

|

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Team Venezuela starter Ramon A. Ramirez hopes his performance in this month's World Baseball Classic offers him a second chance at the big leagues.

Ramirez last pitched in the Majors on Oct. 4, 2009. He went 1-1 with a 2.97 ERA in 16 games (four starts) in two seasons with the Reds. He currently plays for the Leones de Yucatan of the Mexican League. In 2000, the Padres signed him as an outfielder.

In three scoreless, no-hit innings against the Mets on Wednesday afternoon, the 30-year-old right-hander effectively used all four of his pitches -- fastball, slider, changeup and cutter -- walking one batter and striking out another.

"I'm very grateful for the opportunity," Ramirez said. "It's one of the things I expected when I signed to pitch again in the World Baseball Classic, [is] to face Major League hitters. I already know some of them from the Venezuelan Winter League. One thing I wanted to do is pitch in the [United] States and get the opportunity to show everybody I can still pitch."

Christina De Nicola is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español