Congratulations, JC Ramirez

Another former Timber Rattler has made his MLB debut.

JC Ramirez was with the Timber Rattlers in 2008, the final year of the affiliation with the Seattle Mariners.  On Sunday, he had an impressive inning against the New York Mets in his first appearance in the big leagues.  How impressive? He struck out the side in order.

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Ramirez was 6-9 with a 4.14 ERA and a BB:K of 38:113 in 124 innings pitched as a Timber Rattler in 2008.  He becomes the fifth pitcher and seventh player from that 2008 team to make it to The Show.

But, HOW did he wind up in the Phillies organization?  His callup article at reminds you that he was part of the December, 2009 trade that sent Cliff Lee to the Mariners for Ramirez, Phillippe Aumont, and Tyson Gillies.

He’s been pitching at Lehigh Valley in the International league this season.  He made some adjustments and was ready for the call.

Ramirez is in the Majors for the first time, and he struck out the side in his first big league appearance Sunday against the Mets. He had a 6.53 ERA in 27 appearances at Triple-A, but said he worked with Lehigh Valley pitching coach Ray Burris on keeping his sinker down in the zone and his tempo with runners on base.

Ramirez said he thinks the adjustments made a difference. In his final eight games in the Minors, he had a 2.70 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 10 innings.

“I was working every day on my mechanics with Ray,” Ramirez said. “I felt like I saw the results — there weren’t as many stolen bases and I kept the game closer every time I went to the mound.”

There have been six former Timber Rattlers who have made their MLB debuts in 2013.  They are (in order of date):

Khris Davis – April 1 with Milwaukee
Josh Prince – April 6 with Milwaukee
Hiram Burgos – April 20 with Milwaukee
Caleb Thielbar – May 20 with Minnesota
Scooter Gennett – June 3 with Milwaukee
JC Ramirez – June 23 with Philadelphia

Here’s a link to the MLB.COM video of the three strikeouts he had to start his MLB Career.

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