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    Is Elizardo Ramirez equal to the Pirates' Zach Duke?

    So here's my half hearted attempt to prove the merits of the Reds Elizardo Ramirez compared to Pittsburgh wunderkid Zach Duke.

    Stay with me on this one now till the end

    Date Of Birth
    Zach Duke: April 19, 1983 - 22 years old
    Elizardo Ramirez: January 28, 1983 - 22 years old

    Zach Duke 2005 AAA numbers
    108.0IP, 108H, 35ER, 8HR, 23BB, 66K, 1.21WHIP, 2.92ERA

    Elizardo Ramirez 2005 AAA numbers

    102.0IP, 115H, 37ER, 11HR, 14BB, 61K, 1.26WHIP, 3.26ERA

    Zach Duke Career Progression
    2002 - Rookie
    2003 - Low A
    2004 - High A / AA
    2005 - AAA / MLB

    Elizardo Ramirez Career Progression
    2000 - Dominican
    2001 - Dominican
    2002 - Rookie
    2003 - High A
    2004 - High A / AA / MLB
    2005 - AAA / MLB

    Zach Duke Career Minor League stats
    350.0IP, 276H, 86ER, 14HR, 94BB, 303K, 2.42BB/9, 7.79K/9, 1.06WHIP, 2.21ERA

    Elizardo Ramirez Career Minor League stats
    505.2IP, 484H, 152ER, 21HR, 75BB, 398K, 1.34BB/9, 7.10K/9, 1.11WHIP, 2.71ERA

    Why does this comparison matter?

    Duke has gotten all kinds of pub as of late as he's had quite the hot start at the MLB level.

    Does this mean that The Lizard is ready to duplicate that? Who knows, that remains to be seen. He certainly didn't impress in his short stint as a major leaguer so far.

    It would be interesting to see how Elizardo would have done if he hadn't been so aggressively promoted by hot seat GM's quick on the trigger (hello Ed Wade). But he's having himself quite the season at AAA, his first go 'round at that level, so that's worth getting some kudos. And how better to do that than to compare his year to that of the latest NL Central rookie star. Duke's been considered a "moxie & control" guy, much like Elizardo, so that's something to consider.

    When folks are thinking and discussing 2006 options for the Reds rotation, it's important to keep Ramirez in mind.
    Last edited by jmcclain19; 08-11-2005 at 03:45 AM.

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    Re: Is Elizardo Ramirez equal to the Pirates' Zach Duke?

    Excellent analysis. I didn't realize Ramirez was that good.

    Given the numbers you have shared, I like the Lizard's chances to be a solid ML pitcher.

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    Re: Is Elizardo Ramirez equal to the Pirates' Zach Duke?

    At first, I thought you were joking, but this is excellent analysis.

    I'm on record as saying that Duke was probably overhyped.... So far that's not looking too good.

    Two comments:

    1. Duke is left handed: I have no statistical evidence to prove it, but just a hunch that LH starters face slightly lesser lineups in the major leagues, as certain lefty hitters get benched (and those who DON'T get benched have more trouble vs. lefties, usually). Either way, I bet lefties and righties have a slightly different development curve.

    2. Duke's strikeout rate has actually IMPROVED slightly in his first year in the major leagues. You can't expect that to happen to most pitchers. I know that Duke had a big strikeout game or two in his early starts in the majors. I bet he slows down, and his numbers come back to earth.
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    Re: Is Elizardo Ramirez equal to the Pirates' Zach Duke?

    this is the funniest thing i have ever seen. he couldnt hold his you know what. ive seen both pitch. you cant just look at stats. you have to watch guys. ramirez will never do *(($ in the bigs

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    Re: Is Elizardo Ramirez equal to the Pirates' Zach Duke?

    Quote Originally Posted by RDriesen16
    ramirez will never do *(($ in the bigs
    watch ye mouuuuuuuuuths

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    Re: Is Elizardo Ramirez equal to the Pirates' Zach Duke?

    Interesting comparison jmc, but I think their paths diverged in upper minors.

    First thing to note though is in the gross numbers. Duke's a lot harder to hit - 7.08 H/9 vs. 8.61.

    That ties into where they diverged. Ramirez has developed longball issues in the upper minors. He's not getting mutilated, but it's enough that when you translate it to the majors, he gets walloped. Duke's doesn't allow that kind of damaging contact and that's a critical difference. Also, looking at their K totals, Ramirez piled up his K totals in the Dominican summer league. That's sub-rookie ball and, to the best of my knowledge, it's not terribly applicable to organized ball here in the states.

    Take those Domincan numbers out and you've got pitcher with a 6.13 K/9. In fact you get significantly lesser numbers across the board, including a 3.25 ERA, which is a full run above Duke.

    In short, I don't think they're all that comparable when you look a little deeper.
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    Re: Is Elizardo Ramirez equal to the Pirates' Zach Duke?

    Quote Originally Posted by RDriesen16
    this is the funniest thing i have ever seen. he couldnt hold his you know what. ive seen both pitch. you cant just look at stats. you have to watch guys. ramirez will never do *(($ in the bigs
    Either contribute something to the post, or shut your mouth. That comment offers no evidence to back your opinion, and it takes a shot at another poster by saying what he proposes is "the funniest thing you've ever seen" meaning it must not have any rational reasoning. However, the thread at least offers some very good statistical background on the players that provides for surprising similarities - which support the argument quite well. I for one don't think Ramirez will be as good as Duke, but I'm not going to write off a 22 year old pitcher that's had a very good season pitching in AAA.

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    Re: Is Elizardo Ramirez equal to the Pirates' Zach Duke?

    Quote Originally Posted by M2
    Interesting comparison jmc, but I think their paths diverged in upper minors.

    First thing to note though is in the gross numbers. Duke's a lot harder to hit - 7.08 H/9 vs. 8.61.

    That ties into where they diverged. Ramirez has developed longball issues in the upper minors. He's not getting mutilated, but it's enough that when you translate it to the majors, he gets walloped. Duke's doesn't allow that kind of damaging contact and that's a critical difference. Also, looking at their K totals, Ramirez piled up his K totals in the Dominican summer league. That's sub-rookie ball and, to the best of my knowledge, it's not terribly applicable to organized ball here in the states.

    Take those Domincan numbers out and you've got pitcher with a 6.13 K/9. In fact you get significantly lesser numbers across the board, including a 3.25 ERA, which is a full run above Duke.

    In short, I don't think they're all that comparable when you look a little deeper.
    Yep. Those Dominican League numbers really jump out as do Ramirez' K numbers above the GCL (mid-5.00 K/9 range) while his Hits per IP and HR allowed numbers took a jump (something Duke avoided).

    I've always been leery of control pitchers who post high K numbers at very low levels because I've always felt that those guys can overmatch young competition with precision but that same precision doesn't translate when it's not backed by stuff as they advance. Ramirez just strikes me as one of those guys who has the precision to stay alive, but who doesn't have the stuff to thrive.
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    Re: Is Elizardo Ramirez equal to the Pirates' Zach Duke?

    Quote Originally Posted by SteelSD
    I've always been leery of control pitchers who post high K numbers at very low levels because I've always felt that those guys can overmatch young competition with precision but that same precision doesn't translate when it's not backed by stuff as they advance.
    They scare the bejabbers out of me.
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    Re: Is Elizardo Ramirez equal to the Pirates' Zach Duke?

    Quote Originally Posted by OSURedLeg
    Either contribute something to the post, or shut your mouth. That comment offers no evidence to back your opinion, and it takes a shot at another poster by saying what he proposes is "the funniest thing you've ever seen" meaning it must not have any rational reasoning. However, the thread at least offers some very good statistical background on the players that provides for surprising similarities - which support the argument quite well. I for one don't think Ramirez will be as good as Duke, but I'm not going to write off a 22 year old pitcher that's had a very good season pitching in AAA.
    yea, it does, i said you have to look at more than stats, especially minor league ones. ive SEEN both pitch, ramirez isnt half as good as duke. hes a AAAA pitcher. good enough to look good in aaa but gets hammered in the bigs.

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    Re: Is Elizardo Ramirez equal to the Pirates' Zach Duke?

    When Harang came over in the Oakland trade, he was considered a AAAA type pitcher with no stuff too. And at the time, he was 2 or 3 years older than what Ramirez is already. And I can't say I was all that impressed with Harang's performance that year either, it seemed like he was always going to be a guy who just didn't have good enough stuff to compete in the majors. BUT, he has learned to get the most out of his stuff and now he is a #3 caliber pitcher that continues to improve. I certainly have been impressed with what he has been able to accomplish with "mediocre" stuff. I look at Ramirez and see another guy who has succeeded at every level under the MLB with so-so stuff and I see another possible Harang. So I'm going to be patient with the Lizard, because he's always been young for the level of play - and has continued to put up solid numbers. I don't anticipate him pitching to the level of Duke, but I'm not going to write him off already because some beer-league scout says so.

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    Re: Is Elizardo Ramirez equal to the Pirates' Zach Duke?

    The key for the Lizard is physical maturity along with pitching maturity. Harang barely ever threw over 92 in 2004. Now he is solidly 90-93mph hitting 94 sometimes.

    The Lizard is only 22 who's makeup has allowed him to advance farther than he should be at this time which is AA.

    As he gets older, fills out and more mature, he may have a career as a decent major league starter.

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    Re: Is Elizardo Ramirez equal to the Pirates' Zach Duke?

    i've seen both pitch and i think duke is alil ahead of lizard if u look at both there brief careers in teh majors duke has had much more sucess and doesnt' give up many runs and has a nasty breaking ball

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    Re: Is Elizardo Ramirez equal to the Pirates' Zach Duke?

    Quote Originally Posted by M2
    They scare the bejabbers out of me.
    Ramirez' ceiling looks remarkably Felix Heredia-ish (except for the whole "ability to retire left-handers" bit). :

    The guy chucks more gas than Amoco.

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    Re: Is Elizardo Ramirez equal to the Pirates' Zach Duke?

    Not that I want to toot my own horn.

    Well actually wait - yes, yes I do.

    2006 numbers
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    	W	L	ERA	G	GS	CG	SHO	SV	SVO	IP	H	R	ER	HR	BB	SO	WHIP	K/BB	BB/9	K/9	H/9
    Duke	4	6	4.23	12	12	1	1	0	0	78.2	80	39	37	9	30	49	1.40	1.63	3.43	5.61	9.15
    Ramirez	2	4	3.95	8	7	0	0	0	0	41.0	42	25	18	6	13	28	1.34	2.15	2.85	6.15	9.22


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