One Man's Thoughts on Sports Card Collecting

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Nice Hit from Topps Chrome

At the same time that I bought my box of Topps Magic that produced the awesome Staubach auto, I also grabbed a few packs of Topps Chrome baseball.  Guess I was just super lucky that day, because I pulled this one-per-case card:

A left-handed pitcher/infielder - he's a man after my own heart~!

A quick google search revealed the following about Mr. Ramirez:

"He is listed as #41 on College Baseball Daily's top 100 players in the country.

The Anaheim California native attended Katella High School where he played under Carlos Ayala and Jimmy Valverde. As a senior, he help lead the Knights to an Empire League championship in 2008 while taking home the league’s most valuable player trophy. He was also named a three-time All-Empire League first teamer (2006-08) and was also named the Knight’s MVP each of those years. He also was named All-Orange County, All-CIF and high school All-American in 2008.

He made an immediate impact in the Cal-State Fullerton lineup by playing in 39 games hitting .287 with ten homers and 31 runs. He also served as the team’s closer appearing in 23 games while going 3-1 with seven saves and an ERA of 2.61. He was named 2009 All-Big West Conference First Team Utility Player while being named a Second Team Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America.

Ramirez continued to produce for the Titans appearing in 64 games while hitting .346 with
mound 27 times mostly as a reliever (one start) as he went 1-3 with eleven saves and a 3.50 ERA. He ended up striking out 38 batters in 43.2 innings.

He spent the summer of 2010 as part of the USA Collegiate National Team where Cal-State Fullerton head coach was serving as the pitching coach. Ramirez appeared in 16 games in the field hitting .290 with two homers and finishing second on the team with 14 RBI. He came up with a clutch extra inning two run single to center field to defeat Chinese Taipei in the FISU World University Baseball Championships.  He also appeared on the mound where he pitched in four games going 0-1 including one save with a 1.59 ERA."


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