Nick Ramirez continues to impress as a left-handed reliever with the Biloxi Shuckers.
After spending his first six seasons as a slugging first baseman in the Milwaukee Brewers' system, Ramirez has made a strong transition to the pitcher's mound.
Ramirez, who played first base and pitched out of the bullpen at Cal State Fullerton, has a 1.21 ERA in 38 appearances this season for the Shuckers. He has a 4-4 record and two saves in six save opportunities.
Ramirez has allowed just one earned run in his last 17 2/3 innings.
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His strikeout-to-walk ratio wasn't very impressive early in the season, but he as improved in that area. Entering Tuesday night's game against Jacksonville, his ratio stood at 40-to-20 in 59 2/3 innings.
Ramirez ranks second on the Shuckers in relief appearances with 38. Tayler Scott appeared in 42 games for the Shuckers.
Scott shipped off
After Michael Choice recently decided to sign with a team in the Korean professional league, the Biloxi Shuckers lost another player this week to another team.
Shuckers relief pitcher Tayler Scott was traded Monday to the Texas Rangers in a deal that sent right-handed relief pitcher Jeremy Jeffress back to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Jeffress was 1-2 with a 5.31 ERA in 39 appearances this season at Texas.
Jeffress was an important part of the Milwaukee Bullpen in 2015-16. He had a 2.65 ERA in 72 appearances in 2015 and had a 2.22 ERA in 47 appearances with the Brewers in 2016.
Jeffress was traded along with Jonathan Lucroy to the Rangers for Lewis Brinson and Luis Ortiz late during the 2016 campaign.
Scott spent the last two seasons with the Shuckers. He was 4-6 with a 2.34 ERA with two saves in 42 appearances this season. Last year, he was 3-2 with a 4.39 ERA in 24 games.
He was pitching with Sioux Falls in the independent American Association in early 2016 before he signed a free agent deal with the Brewers.
Scott was born in South Africa, but moved to the U.S. as a teenager and played on the high school level in Scottsdale, Arizona.
A pair of right-handed pitchers were added to the Biloxi roster from Triple-A Colorado Springs after Scott was shipped to Texas – Forrest Snow and Matt Ramsey.
Snow was 2-2 with a 4.85 ERA in seven appearances at Colorado Springs. He started the season in Biloxi and was 4-2 with a 3.46 ERA in 19 games.
Ramsey, who had an 18.56 ERA in five games at Colorado Springs, returns to Biloxi, where he had a 3.24 ERA and 21 saves in 36 games with the Shuckers earlier this season.
Coast star in town
Former Picayune and Ole Miss baseball star Braxton Lee, who is with the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, will be playing games against the Biloxi Shuckers at MGM Park through Thursday.
Lee is having a breakout season this year at Double-A, hitting .318 with three homers and 29 RBIs.
Lee started the season with the Montgomery Biscuits, but was traded by the Rays to the Marlins in a trade that sent Adeiny Hechavarria to the Rays.
In 28 games with Jacksonville, he is batting .311 with 13 RBIs and five steals.