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Milwaukee Brewers: What to Expect from RHP Neil Ramirez

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Sep 26, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Neil Ramirez (54)throws a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 26, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Neil Ramirez (54)throws a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Milwaukee Brewers acquired relief pitcher, Neil Ramirez, from a certain division rivalry, but had to let go of an infielder some of us had high hopes on.

The Milwaukee Brewers made a move to add a bit more to their bullpen and had to call it quits on INF Colin Walsh. While some had high hopes (myself included) on the patience he showed at the plate, he had almost a bit too much where he simply didn’t swing (.085/.317/.106 battling line).

But, let’s take a look at RHP Neil Ramirez first. In 2014, he put up some impressive numbers with the Chicago Cubs. In 43.2 IP, he had a 1.44 ERA, 3.48 xFIP, and overall 0.8 WAR. FanGraphs went as far as comparing his four-seam fastball to the likes of Sean Doolittle as his velocity got up to 95.4 mph.

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Not to mention the Cubs did get him in an interesting way that includes another player in a Milwaukee Brewers uniform. He was acquired from the Texas Rangers for SP Matt Garza.

In 2015, Ramirez only pitched 14 innings with a 3.21 ERA and then 7.2 IP with a 4.70 ERA. Certainly not enough innings to put much evaluation into. In late July of last year, left abdominal soreness got in the way of him possibly going further with the team.

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As far as just what will happen to INF Colin Walsh, he’ll be offered back to his original team, the Oakland A’s, but for half the cost the Milwaukee Brewers selected him in the Rule 5 draft ($50,000). If for some reason they decide they would not like him back, then he could possibly come back to the Milwaukee Brewers organization.

With SP Matt Garza, RHP Corey Knebel, and OF Domingo Santana beginning rehab assignments, not to mention RHP Will Smith about to be put back on the roster, expect a whole lot more shuffles to be made on the roster.

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