FORT MYERS, Fla. — Noe Ramirez is starting to turn some heads.
Ramirez, a fourth-round selection in 2011, impressed fellow Boston Red Sox farmhands at last month’s Rookie Development Program. Now, Ramirez is showcasing his skills in Fort Myers, where the 24-year-old right-hander is one of 17 non-roster invitees at Red Sox spring training.
Ramirez faced David Ortiz and Mike Carp during live batting practice on Friday. The live BP sessions, according to manager John Farrell, were designed for the coaching staff to get a better look at the club’s young pitchers.
While it’s unclear what Farrell and Co. thought of Ramirez’s session, it was abundantly clear that both Ortiz and catcher David Ross were impressed by what they saw Friday. Ortiz yelled “Nice!” on two separate occasions, while Ross could be overheard calling Ramirez’s changeup “nasty” during a conversation with the young righty.
Ramirez, whose changeup also was praised at last month’s rookie camp, has fanned 157 batters in 160 1/3 innings in his two seasons in the Red Sox system. Ramirez got his first taste of the bullpen in 2013, racking up 75 strikeouts in 75 2/3 innings between High-A Salem (21 games) and Double-A Portland (15 games).
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