Thursday, November 12, 2015

2007 Topps, Horacio Ramirez

#549 Horacio Ramirez

Here is the first of three cards that Horacio Ramirez signed for me one day while he was with the Royals. I got the cards signed after a day game day in 2008 while Horacio was signing from the Royals parking lot. That was the good old days when Royals actually signed before and after games from the lot.

Horacio was drafted by the Braves out of high school in the fifth round of the 1997 draft. He made his Major League debut with Atlanta in 2003 and made 29 starts with the team. He was an impressive 12-4 during his rookie year, but his 4.00 ERA and 100 to 72 strikeout to walk ratio says that he probably got lucky that season. But, those 12 wins and 100 Ks were career highs for him.

He seems to have been banged up for most of the 2004 season as he only appeared in ten games with the Braves and just five minor league games. He was 2-4 in the Majors with a 2.39 ERA. But, he had nearly one walk for every strikeout. He was back in form in 2005 as he started 32 games for the Braves. That season, he logged 202.1 innings and went 11-9 with a 4.63 ERA while striking out 80 and walking 67.

The heavy workload in 2005 must have hindered Horacio in 2006. That season, he made just fourteen starts for Atlanta and had four in the minors. In the Majors, he was 5-5 with a 4.48 with 37 Ks and 31 walks. After the season, the Braves flipped him to Seattle for Rafael Soriano.

For his career in Atlanta, Horacio was 30-22 with a 4.13 ERA with 248 strikeouts and 200 walks.

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