Seattle Mariners first-year pitching coach Rick Waits inherits what figures to be a young pitching staff, including as many as three in the starting rotation. One of those candidates is right-hander Erasmo Ramirez, whom Waits says is ready for the challenge and is capable of giving the club innings.
“I like the way that he’s going about his business,” Waits noted, and when asked about the 5-foot-10, 200-pound Ramirez’s durability, the former 12-year big-league veteran added “there’s no reason he can’t put up a lot of innings for many years in a row.”
Waits’ conversation on The Steve Sandmeyer Show also included thoughts on left-hander James Paxton, right-hander Tom Wilhelmsen and catcher Mike Zunino. He also tells us what kind of approach he teaches.