DETROIT, MI. – The Tigers have selected the contract of southpaw Nick Ramirez, per a club announcement. He'll take the place of the optioned Zac Reininger. The club had an open 40-man slot to work with. Ramirez is the 66th Titan in the history of the program to make it to the MLB.
It has been a long and winding road to this point for Ramirez, who reaches the majors for the first time just before his 30th birthday. A fourth-round pick in the 2011 draft, the Cal State Fullerton product switched from hitting to pitching in order to break through.
"Just looking back on my journey, it's incredible," Ramirez told The Detoit News. "When I signed, if you would've told me this is how it was going go, I would've told you I'm not doing it. But it's all worth it now. This is unbelievable."
Though Ramirez's move to the mound showed promise at times with the Brewers, his original organization, he didn't show enough of a spark to force his way up. He ended up landing in the Detroit organization on a minors pact over the offseason.
Ramirez has had an intriguing start to the season. He's working as a starter for the first time and showing newfound strikeout potential. Through 23 1/3 innings (covering two Triple-A and three Double-A starts), Ramirez carries a 2.31 ERA with 11.6 K/9 against 1.9 BB/9.
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