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54 Neil Ramirez RP
Height/Weight: 6-4/190 | Birthdate: 5/25/1989 | Birthplace: Virginia Beach, VA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Chicago | College: None | MLB Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 6/3 | Average Draft Position: 141.67
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Neil Ramirez takes loss vs. Blue Jays Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Cubs pitcher Neil Ramirez was hung with a loss Tuesday, allowing two earned runs on two hits and one walk in two-thirds of an inning and striking out one in his team's 9-2 defeat against the Blue Jays.

Ramirez (2-2) entered the game with one out and a man on in the seventh and promptly gave up a single and a walk to load the bases. After striking out the next batter, he surrendered a bases-clearing double to put his team behind for good. Despite the bad outing, Ramirez owns a 1.38 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 50:15 K:BB ratio in 39 innings.


Cubs make a trio of moves


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) The Cubs activated reliever Neil Ramirez (triceps) from the disabled list and optioned pitcher Chris Rusin to Triple-A Iowa. Chicago also added recently-acquired pitcher Jacob Turner to the 25-man roster.

Neil Ramirez expects minimal DL stay


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Cubs reliever Neil Ramirez is on the disabled list with soreness in his right triceps, but he shouldn't be gone long.

Ramirez told MLB.com Thursday he expects to return to the majors as soon as his DL stint is up, and has been doing extra conditioning and training work since hitting the shelf to get back to form.

"It's something that started creeping in the last couple outings," Ramirez said.

He is eligible to return to the majors Aug. 10, and will work on rehabilitation at the team's spring training facility in Arizona. 


Neil Ramirez headed to disabled list with sore triceps


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Cubs pitcher Neil Ramirez, who was sent down to the minors last week to rest his arm, is going on the disabled list with a sore triceps, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

The injury is not believed to be serious and could be related to fatigue. Ramirez has been excellent in his rookie season, which is also his first year in relief work. He owns a 0.96 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 36:10 K:BB ratio in 28 innings.


Neil Ramirez sent down to get rest


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) The Cubs sent pitcher Neil Ramirez down to Triple-A Iowa Saturday, but he won't be reporting right away.

Manager Rick Renteria told ESPNChicago.com Saturday the team is sending Ramirez down to get some rest. Renteria expects Ramirez to be used sparingly while at Iowa, and should be back in the majors after the minimum of 10 days down is up.

Ramirez has been arguably the Cubs' best reliever this season, posting an 0.96 ERA and 0.93 WHIP in 28 innings of work.


Neil Ramirez sent to Triple-A Saturday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) The Cubs optioned pitcher Neil Ramirez back to Triple-A Iowa Saturday, in order to make room on the active roster for Blake Parker's recall.

Ramirez post an 0.96 ERA in 28 innings for the Cubs, with 36 strikeouts and 10 walks on the season. 


Neil Ramirez continuing to shine in July


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/16/2014) Cubs pitcher Neil Ramirez pieced together six scoreless appearances in July before the All-Star break and now owns an eight-game scoreless streak.

Ramirez has owned a season ERA under 2.00 after all but one of his appearances, and two of the three earned runs he's allowed this season have come on solo home runs, showing the Chicago reliever has been brilliant at locking things down once runners are on base. He owns a 1.05 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 34:9 K:BB ratio in 25 2/3 innings going into the second half.


Who's next in line to close?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/8/2014) The funny thing about the closer role is that while innumerable relievers are capable of filling it, only 30 can at any one time, giving those 30 disproportionate value in Fantasy. And while in shallower leagues, 30 is more than enough to go around, in standard 12-team formats, it's a shortage. As a result, anticipating the next to enter the role is well worth your while.

Among all middle relievers, I believe Jake McGee, Jeurys Familia, Sergio Romo, Joaquin Benoit, Neil Ramirez, Brad Ziegler, Jason Grilli and Rex Brothers have the best chance of stepping into the closer role by the end of the month. To read up on them and their chances, check out my latest post to the Fantasy Baseball Today blog.


Hector Rondon save bad news for Neil Ramirez


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/20/2014) The Cubs' murky closer situation became a little clearer Friday when Hector Rondon recorded a save in only his second appearance since his extended absence for an elbow injury. He struck out two in a perfect ninth inning, looking just as dominant as he did in 24 appearances before his disastrous outing June 6 -- his last before his extended absence.

Neil Ramirez, who filled in for Rondon and who many hoped would keep the role given his impressive numbers to date, wasn't even a candidate for the ninth inning in this one. The Cubs used him in the seventh inning. He did fine, issuing one walk and recording one strikeout in a scoreless inning to lower his ERA to 1.00, but how well he pitches is irrelevant in most leagues if he's not getting saves.

He's probably still the Cubs' backup plan, making him worth stashing in deeper leagues where saves are especially scarce, but given how effective Rondon was before the injury, compiling a 1.46 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings, you shouldn't count on him blowing this chance to claim the role all for himself.


Cubs' closer situation gets all the more confusing


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/17/2014) Wondering why James Russell got the save in the Cubs' extra-inning win over the Marlins Monday? Yeah, so am I.

Hector Rondon, who has been the closer most of the year, returned from a nine-day absence for an elbow injury with a scoreless inning of relief, allowing one hit and one walk, but the Cubs clearly didn't reserve him for a save situation, as the road team normally would its closer in an extra-inning game.

So then, they must have been reserving Neil Ramirez, right? After all, he got the save opportunities in Rondon's absence and has the more impressive numbers between the two, leading CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman to suggest on Monday's Fantasy Baseball Today that he may be more than just an injury fill-in.

But when the save opportunity came in the bottom of the 13th inning, it wasn't Ramirez who got the call, but Russell. Ramirez was well rested, too, having thrown just 11 pitches Sunday after sitting out Saturday.

Of course, the Cubs have been extra cautious with Ramirez's workload so far, which may be all there is to it. I still think he's the Cubs' reliever to own here, with Rondon a close second. Hopefully, we'll have some clarity soon.


Neil Ramirez looks like legit closer possibility


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/16/2014) Though I was certainly pleased to see Neil Ramirez record two saves this weekend given his work as a middle reliever so far this year, I assumed it was more of a response Hector Rondon's elbow injury than any sort of changing of the guard.

But on the first segment of Monday's Fantasy Baseball Today, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman suggested the closer role may be Ramirez's to lose going forward.

That's an encouraging thought for Fantasy owners -- well, the ones who aren't heavily invested in Rondon anyway. Like I said, Ramirez, a rookie, has been outstanding in middle relief this season. Even with a shaky appearance in one of his two save opportunities this weekend, he still has a 1.06 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and 13.8 strikeouts per nine innings in 19 appearances.

Of course, he has no major-league track record to speak of and was a starter for most of his minor-league career, so he still has something to prove. But among the relievers who have taken over the closer role since the start of the season, he might be the most exciting after Sean Doolittle.


Neil Ramirez notches third save in 3-0 win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Although Hector Rondon was cleared to return from an elbow injury Sunday, Cubs manager Rick Renteria still turned to Neil Ramirez to close out a 3-0 win at Philadelphia. 

Ramirez retired the side in order in the bottom of the ninth, needing just 11 pitches to record his third save. All three of his saves have come since June 5.


Neil Ramirez escapes shaky outing with the save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2014) Cubs reliever Neil Ramirez was shaky but managed to pick up his second save of the season Friday night against the Phillies in Philadelphia.

Ramirez served up a run-scoring single to Dominic Brown in the ninth inning to cut the lead in half. He allowed one run on two hits and one walk while striking out two over one inning of work. He owns a 1.13 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP in 16 innings of relief.

Neil Ramirez works quick ninth for first save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2014) With closer Hector Rondon having worked consecutive days, the Cubs turned to Neil Ramirez to close out a 7-4 win over the Mets Thursday.  

Ramirez had a nice cushion for his first career save, but slammed the door without much issue. He set the Mets down in order on 17 pitches, with one strikeouts.

Ramirez has been lights out all season for the Cubs, posting an 0.68 ERA and 75 WHIP in 13 1/3 innings of work.


Neil Ramirez to serve as Cubs closer Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2014) With closer Hector Rondon placed on the paternity list Friday, reliever Neil Ramirez will serve as the Cubs' closer in the event of a save situation against the Brewers, according to MLB.com. 

Neil Ramirez takes loss Tuesday vs. White Sox


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2014) Cubs pitcher Neil Ramirez was charged with a loss Tuesday after giving up one earned run on two hits -- one a home run -- and striking out one for his only out in his team's 5-1 loss to the White Sox.

Ramirez (0-1) watched the White Sox break a 1-1 tie by serving up a solo home run to Gordon Beckham. It was his first run allowed in five appearances this season while posting a 2.25 ERA and 7:1 K:BB ratio in four innings.


Cubs call up two Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2014) The Cubs have called up pitchers Zac Rosscup and Neil Ramirez Thursday.

In order to make room for both players, the team placed outfielder Justin Ruggiano on the disabled list, and sent Blake Parker to Triple-A. Rosscup has already pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings with the club this year. Ramirez hasn't been up with the team yet in 2014.


Neil Ramirez optioned to minors despite strong spring


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2014) The Cubs announced Sunday they optioned pitcher Neil Ramirez to Triple-A Iowa. Ramirez had a 0.00 ERA and 0.40 WHIP in five relief appearances (five innings) this spring.

Neil Ramirez finally shipped to Cubs


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2013) The Cubs acquired pitching prospect Neil Ramirez off waivers Friday, completing the Matt Garza trade with the Rangers as the player to be named later.

Ramirez was initially included in the deal before a biceps strain forced the Cubs to hold off on acquiring the 24-year-old.

Ramirez put up a 3.84 ERA in 103 innings for Double-A Frisco. The Cubs assigned him to Double-A Tennessee to finish out the season. 


Neil Ramirez placed on minor league disabled list


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2013) Rangers prospect pitcher Neil Ramirez has been placed on the minor league disabled list at Double-A Frisco with a biceps strain, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Ramirez was initially projected to be a part of the Cubs-Rangers trade that sent Matt Garza to Texas, but his biceps strain was apparently the injury snag that held up the deal. If the Cubs are satisfied with his recovery from the injury, he could still end up heading to Chicago as a player to be named later in the deal. It's unclear when he will return from the injury, however.


Report: Neil Ramirez going to Chicago


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2013) The Rangers are expected to send pitcher Neil Ramirez over to the Cubs as the fourth and final player in the trade that brought Matt Garza to Texas, the Dallas Morning News reports Tuesday. 

Ramirez was one of Chicago's top choices as the player to be named later, but left his last game with Double-A Frisco after just three innings due to a shoulder issue. Ramirez going to the Cubs has not become official yet. 


Neil Ramirez impressing in minors


by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2013) After going 8-13 with a 6.28 ERA in 28 games last season with Triple-A Round Rock and Double-A Frisco, Rangers pitching prospect Neil Ramirez has gotten off to a great start this year. Ramirez, who is considered the team's 17th-best prospect by MLB.com, allowed one run over 6 2/3 innings Thursday night with Frisco.

The right-hander is 3-0 with a 2.75 ERA in seven starts to go along with 44 strikeouts and 18 walks. He has only surrendered one home run and opponents are hitting just .155 off him.

"He has been good all year," Frisco manager Steve Buechele told MLB.com. "It's not just the stuff. He seems more relaxed and more confident. He's a different person, as well as a different pitcher. Everybody has seen the stuff from Neil over the years. But nobody has seen it consistent like we have, and that's a nice step for Neil."

Rangers pare down roster


by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2013) The Texas Rangers continued to shape their roster for the upcoming season and announced the following moves Tuesday: pitcher Neil Ramirez was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock; pitcher Justin Miller was sent to Double-A Frisco and pitchers Jake Brigham and outfielder Joey Butler were reassigned to the minor-league camp.