Right-handed pitcher Yuri Ramos (26) joined the Yomiuri Giants, a prestigious team in the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).
At a press conference held at Tokyo Dome in Japan on the 18th, Ramos said, 메이저놀이터“I am grateful to the Yomiuri Club for giving me the opportunity to play in Japan. The Japanese pitchers are of a high standard, so I want to study a lot and contribute to helping us win next season.” His jersey number is 057.
Ramos, who is 1m96cm tall, has a fastball in the 150km range and a splitter as his main weapon. This season, he is known to have recorded a fastball of up to 99.9 miles (160.8 km/h), so Yomiuri’s expectations are high. A good example is the case of Christopher Mercedes (currently Chiba Lotte Marines), who was recruited as a developing player and grew into a key resource. This is a resource that was recruited with a long view in mind.
Yomiuri Otsuka, vice president of the club, who attended the induction ceremony, said, “I received a love call from the New York Yankees (a prestigious major league team), but they chose (Yomiuri) due to Japan’s training ability and the desire to succeed in Japan.” He added, “Once I gain experience, I will return to Japan.” “I think he will become a representative closing pitcher,” he said.
Ramos, who signed a training contract with Yomiuri, has no Major League (MLB) experience. In his career (7 years) in the minor leagues, he appeared in 107 games (27 as a starter), recording 7 wins, 16 losses, 7 saves, and an ERA of 5.21. As a professional bullpen resource, he relatively cruised this season in the Mexican League with 6 wins, 1 loss, 2 saves, and an ERA of 3.71 in 41 games. They are scheduled to be dispatched to the Japanese Educational League (Phoenix League), which opens on October 9th, and begin training for next year’s season.