(1090 The Fan) — Erasmo Ramirez has been named the number two starter in the Mariners starting rotation by manager Lloyd McClendon, according to MLB.com’s Greg Johns.
The 23-year-old from Nicaragua will be on the mound in Anaheim on Tuesday when Seattle squares off against the Angels in the second game of a three-game set.
McClendon says Ramirez finished strong in Spring Training after putting up the best numbers of any Mariners starter this month. Ramirez went 3-0 with a 1.14 ERA in 23 2/3 innings over six Cactus League outings.
“He’s a strike thrower,” McClendon said. “It’s never been an issue of whether he could throw strikes, it’s been an issue of whether or not he could throw quality strikes and throw the ball outside the zone when he needed to throw it outside the zone.”
McClendon has not yet named who will follow Ramirez in the rotation in the three, four and five slots. Felix Hernandez is the Opening Day starter.
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