Edwar Ramirez: Selling the Changeup
I don’t care who you are, what your mechanics look like and what pitches you throw. Check out Edwar Ramirez’s stats this year in the minors. Here’s the link to his stats for his minor league career.
Let me give you a brief rundown of his statistical performance:
2007: 56 2/3 IP, 26 H, 22 BB, 102 K’s, 0.79 ERA…over 16 K’s/9 between AA and AAA
2006: 56 IP, 93 K’s, ridiculous numbers (indy ball and High-A)
After a successful debut where he struck out the side, he got lit up (after a long time between appearances) in the appearance before he got sent down last time. Now that he’s back up in the bigs, I thought the timing was right for this piece.
Ordinarily, you would expect someone who puts up strikeout numbers like this to have an overpowering fastball and some nasty slider/splitter kinda pitch. Well, Edwar Ramirez doesn’t have an overpowering fastball or a killer slider. What he does throw is one of the best changeups in all of baseball. Not only does it have good movement and speed differential from his fastball, but what he does best is that he “sells” his changeup.
I have done a voice/video analysis of Ramirez that explains how he “sells” his changeup: Listen here to the analysis
I hope you enjoy and one more thing—-the “s” word is not a swear word in my vocabulary..LOL
Posted: August 16, 2007 at 05:44 AM | 22 comment(s)