Welcome to Appy Astros, a blog dedicated to following current & former Greeneville Astros, the Appalachian League affiliate of the Houston Astros. Here you will find reports on current G-Stros, updates on the development of former G-Stros and occasionally an update on what has happened to the guys who have hung up their spikes.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Ronald Ramirez A Red Bird

Think back to the Greeneville Astros of 2006, who was the MVP? Yep, the guy mentioned in the headline. Ronald Ramirez, who played 44 games at SS and hit .314 with an OPS of .805. In the field, he finished with a fielding percentage of .919. He was #17 on the Baseball America Top 20 Appy League Prospects and made the Appy League All Star team.

He started 2007 in extended spring training and then just three games after a call up to Lexington, he dislocated his shoulder (other reports say broken collarbone). Then in 2008 he only played in 21 games after getting his arm strength back up. Two years of lost development put him behind and he was released after finishing the 2009 season in Lancaster.

He still played winter ball in Colombia along with fellow former G-Stros Steve Brown (Leones), Wilton Noel (Tigres) & Carlos Ladeuth (Tigres). Last fall, he played on the Colombian Pan American Qualifying team and he made some connections with the Cardinals. Here is what TheCardinalNation.com reports:

Ramirez also participated in the Pan American Games Qualifying Tournament in October 2010, where one of his coaches was Cardinals scout and VSL coach Neder Horta and Memphis infielder Donovan Solano was a teammate...

“Ramirez gives us a little insurance for Springfield in the event of injuries, and could help us avoid having to rush a player to Double-A prematurely if there’s a need at that level for an utility infielder,” explained the farm director (John Vuch).
Best of luck to Ronald with another chance in affiliated ball.

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