Three Lower Level Pitchers Promoted

Ramos will get another shot in West Virginia

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted three lower level pitchers today:

-LHP Jhonatan Ramos was promoted from State College to West Virginia

-RHP Vincent Payne and LHP Joely Rodriguez were promoted from the GCL Pirates to State College

Ramos started the 2010 season with West Virginia, and posted an 8.40 ERA in 15 innings, with a 13:2 K/BB ratio and a .394 BAA.  He was moved to State College when their season began, and has been impressive, with a 1.62 ERA in 33.1 innings, and a 28:4 K/BB ratio to go with his .193 BAA.  Ramos is a young pitcher to follow as he moves up to higher levels.

Payne was drafted in the 12th round of the 2010 draft, and made his debut with the GCL Pirates.  In 37 innings, Payne posted a 2.43 ERA, with a 21:9 K/BB ratio and a .222 BAA.  Payne really excelled in August, with 15.1 shutout innings, and a 9:1 K/BB ratio.  He came from the JuCo ranks, but is only 19 years old, turning 20 in December.

Rodriguez made the jump to the US this year after one season in the Dominican Summer League.  The 18 year old left hander pitched 47.1 innings in the GCL, with a 3.99 ERA, a 26:7 K/BB ratio, and a .240 BAA.  After starting the GCL season in the bullpen, Rodriguez moved to the rotation, making nine starts between July and August.  As a starter he had a 3.29 ERA in 38.1 innings, with a 22:4 K/BB ratio and a .211 BAA.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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