RAMIREZ, NICK

Position: Pitcher

DOB: August 1, 1989

Height: 6’3″ / Weight: 225

Bats: Left / Throws: Left

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Drafted (4th round, 2011)

Profile: Selected by the Brewers in the fourth round in 2011 following his junior season at Cal State Fullerton, Ramirez was a slugging first baseman who also served as the closer for the Titans.  Milwaukee signed him for a bonus in excess of $200,000 and gave him a chance to be a position player.  He split his first season of pro ball between Helena and Wisconsin, then returned to Wisconsin for the 2012 season.  Ramirez earned a promotion to High-A Brevard County in 2013, then made the jump to Double-A Huntsville in 2014.  He returned to Double-A again in both 2015 and 2016, spending both seasons with the Biloxi Shuckers.  The Brewers opted to move Ramirez to the mound following the 2016 season and he returned to Biloxi once again in 2017, this time as a pitcher.  A dual threat who gives the Brewers a left-handed power bat off the bench, having belted 95 career home runs in he minors, Ramirez did well in his first season as a pitcher.  With a fastball that sits in the low-90’s, good feel for a changeup and several variations of a breaking ball, Ramirez is an intriguing left-handed option out of the bullpen who handled both righties and lefties well in his first season on the hill.

2011:  Ramirez chose to pass up his senior season at Fullerton to sign with Milwaukee and he was sent to Helena to launch his pro career.  He appeared in 23 games there, batting .369 with nine doubles and eight home runs, quickly earning a bump to Class-A Wisconsin.  He played in 36 more games there, clubbing three home runs to finish out the year.

2012:  The Brewers opted to have Ramirez return to Low-A Wisconsin in 2012 as he got his first taste of full-season ball.  He played in 96 games for the Timber Rattlers, batting .248/.294/.446 with 28 doubles and 16 home runs, driving in 70 runs and posting an OPS of .741.

2013:  Ramirez moved up in 2013, advancing to High-A Brevard County.  He appeared in 134 games there with the Manatees and hit .258 with 27 doubles, three triples and 19 home runs, earning him a spot on the Florida State League All-Star team.

2014:  Milwaukee moved Ramirez up to Double-A Huntsville for the 2014 season and he put up similar numbers for the Stars.  In 133 Southern League contests, he hit .231/.312/.410, belting 19 home runs to go along with 21 doubles and five triples and was named to the Southern League All-Star squad.

2015:  Returning to Double-A for a second season, Ramirez joined Milwaukee’s new affiliate in Biloxi and saw action in 131 games for the Shuckers.  He wound up hitting .243/.339/.391 with 14 home runs and was once again honored as a Southern League All-Star.

2016:  The Brewers chose to have Ramirez return to Double-A for a third consecutive season in 2016, but he had a down year at the plate, hitting .206/.316/.404 in 113 games.  Feeling he had developed as much as he was going to as a first baseman, Milwaukee and Ramirez decided a move to the mound might be best and he began his conversion to pitching.

2017:  Following an impressive showing in Cactus League play, Ramirez went back to Double-A Biloxi once again in 2017, this time as a hurler.  The southpaw worked in 48 games for the Shuckers, going 7-4 with a 1.37 earned run average.  He saved three games and was again selected to the Southern League All-Star team, earning a late-season promotion to Colorado Springs to finish out the year.