Does Erasmo Ramirez Deserve His Latest Shot in Seattle Mariners' Rotation?

By Matt Lanka
Erasmo Ramirez
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23-year-old right hander Erasmo Ramirez will get another chance to prove himself at the MLB level.

With the Seattle Mariners sending the struggling Jeremy Bonderman down to Triple-A Tacoma and clearing a roster spot by also sending down reliever Carter Capps, Ramirez is poised to impress with his improvement since last year and take his place in the back end of the rotation.

The top two starters for the Mariners, Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma, have been two of the best in baseball. The problem is everyone that comes after them. Joe Saunders, Aaron Harang, and Bonderman have been iffy at best all season. With the All-Star Break approaching, it appears the Mariners are ready to mix things up a little by bringing up Ramirez.

Ramirez, who started eight games in 2012 for the Mariners and posted a record of 1-3 with a 3.36 ERA, has spent the last year improving his stuff and recovering from an elbow injury that prevented him from competing for a spot in the Mariners’ rotation this spring. Since returning from that injury in early June, he has put together a 3-3 record with a 3.09 ERA in seven starts.

There are still other possibilities for the rotation later this season. Taijuan Walker is 2-0 for Tacoma in three starts with a 0.56 ERA, but the Mariners would like to see just a bit more before moving him up. Also in Tacoma, Danny Hultzen is 4-1 in five starts with a 2.20 ERA, while James Paxton is 6-6 in 18 starts with a 4.63 ERA, but Hultzen is currently injured and Paxton still needs more time to find his groove.

Matt Lanka is a Mariners writer for Follow him on Twitter @mattlanka, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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