Now that the 2012 season has concluded for the New York Mets, we have taken a look at overall breakdowns for the offense, starting rotation, and bullpen this past season. We will now take a look at every player on the roster from A (Manny Acosta) to Y (Chris Young) as our Mets 101 Player Review series returns. In each review we will take a look at one player's 2012 performance and what role, if any, they can expect to have with the Mets in 2013. Today we will look at relief pitcher Elvin Ramirez.
2012 Stats: 20 Appearances (all relief), 21.1 IP, 0-1, 5.48 ERA, 2.063 WHIP, 0 SV, 7 GF, 22 Ks
2012 Story: When Ramirez was called up on June 1, he had been dominating AAA and had tossed almost 15 consecutive shutout innings. He allowed six runs over his first three appearances and took his first loss his second time out against Washington. He was up-and-down most of the summer, seeing the most work in AAA, where his numbers were a bit more impressive. A 3-1 record with a 2.36 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 42 innings spread over 33 appearances.
Contract Status: 2012 1 Year MLB Deal, contract purchased from AAA Buffalo. Minor League FA for 2013.
Odds of Returning: 70%
2013 role: As the season went on and Terry Collins tried anybody he could to find some relief, Ramirez was used mostly in middle-inning garbage time, sometimes pitching two innings, sometimes only a third. Whether he factors in down the road will hinge mostly on Spring Training. The K/IP ratio is encouraging, but Ramirez simply needs more command and variety on the mound to stick in the big leagues as more than a mop-up guy. Not a bad arm to have around and at age 25, we could still see Ramirez grow into a serviceable reliever, even if its not with the Mets.