Nick Ramirez building on surprising 2017

Of anyone that’s not on the 60 day disabled list or on a rehab assignment, Nick Ramirez is the only player on the Biloxi Shuckers born in the 1980s.

In fact, he’s been with the Shuckers since their inaugural 2015 season in Biloxi and yet there’s still hope for progression. The 28-year-old converted relief pitcher made it all the way to the Triple-A roster last season but has still yet to make his Big League debut.

Before the 2017 campaign, Ramirez reinvented himself and got back on the mound after a six-year lay-off. His ensuing 7-4 record and 1.37 ERA were downright impressive and he’s carried that success into 2018.

Currently 4-0 with a 1.15 ERA, Ramirez says his return to pitching was just like riding a bike.  “At first it was a little different, obviously, because I had the mentality a little bit of pitching scared because I didn’t want to get hit, I didn’t want to give up balls that were hit hard and that stuff so I was kind of nibbling around the plate. But once I kind of had a meeting with Chris Hook and Mikey and just really started attacking hitters, that’s when everything kind of fell into play and I was able to use all of my pitches. I never lost the feel for pitching. And I mean I kind of surprised myself just with how consistent everything was.”

Ramirez was a fourth-round pick of the Brewers in 2011.

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