Tim Stauffer showed great promise as the Padres newest out-of-nowhere reliever, but his progress will have to wait as he’s expected to miss around a month after undergoing an emergency appendectomy.
The Padres elected to bring up lefty Cesar Ramos from Portland to give the team a bigger lefthanded presence in the bullpen.
The only lefty in San Diego’s relief corps the past couple of weeks has been Joe Thatcher.
Ramos broke camp with the team because of Thatcher’s early-season injury and was used strictly as a LOOGY, recording seven outs in six appearances. He allowed one run, one hit, and one walk, and recorded three strikeouts as well.
The 25-year-old was inserted straight into the rotation at Triple-A, throwing 14 decent innings across three starts with an 8/6 K/BB ratio and one homer allowed. He allowed six runs, all earned, on 17 hits for a 3.86 ERA and somewhat troublesome 1.64 WHIP.
Ramos’ fastball velocity fluctuates from 87-93 mph. He leans heavily on his slider in relief, and it and his curveball rate as solid pitches. He also has a changeup, but uses it sparingly as a starter and almost never in relief.
Best of luck to Stauffer on his recovery and Ramos on his newest stint in San Diego.