Each year, Keith Law follows his top 100 prospects list with a list of sleepers not in the top 100 who might take large leaps in the upcoming minor league season. Last year’s list is peppered with prospects that are now highly regarded, with Arodys Vizcaino being the Yankee entrant in 2009. In 2010, the Yankee sleeper is Jose Ramirez:
Right-hander Jose Ramirez is long and loose with room to fill out, but can already run his fastball up to 95-96, locate it to his glove side and turn over a changeup. His main drawback is the lack of an average breaking ball.
Ramirez, the Short Season Pitcher of the Year, was 6th on KLaw’s top 10 Yankee prospects list, behind Montero, Banuelos, McCallister, Romine, and Heathcott. He was only 18th on John Sickels list, but Sickels did tout him as a sleeper for 2010 as well. Greg over at Pending Pinstripes has been high on Ramirez for a while now, and recently profiled the large righty:
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After the 2008 season, the Yankee pitching gurus tweaked Jose Ramirez’s delivery.