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Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Perez, Ramirez get chance to learn

By Richard Durrett

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers pitching prospects Martin Perez and Neil Ramirez are in Arlington the next few days going through workouts, throwing bullpen sessions and even attending advance meetings (that's what they did Tuesday afternoon).

It's an opportunity for both young hurlers to learn from the big leaguers. And if there's anyone in particular they should watch, it's C.J. Wilson.

"He’s the best we got, why not have them watch the best we got?" manager Ron Washington said. "It’s up to them to determine what fits and what doesn't. We want them to become self sufficient. They won’t have to do everything that C.J. does, but they can figure out what he does in the weight room, running, his preparation. There may be something C.J. does that can add to their repertoire.

"He has tremendous work ethic and in the game of baseball, that’s what it’s about. He handles this heat pretty good. He’s in great shape. He’s prepared."

Perez and Ramirez both pitched well enough to move through the system in 2011 and end up in Triple-A Round Rock. Ramirez was 4-3 with a 3.63 ERA in 18 starts with Round Rock after going 1-0 with a 1.89 ERA in six starts with Double-A Frisco. Ramirez actually started the season in Class A Myrtle Beach and just kept moving up from there.

Perez was 4-2 with a 3.16 ERA in Frisco in 17 games (16 starts) before finishing the season in Round Rock with a 6.43 ERA in 10 starts.

"In Triple-A, they are better hitters and you have to hit your spots," Perez said through an translator. "My first outing was great, but after that they made some adjustments on my pitches, so I have to make some myself."

Perez said he spent this year working on his curve ball in particular, wanting to make it a larger part of what he does.

"My arm was too long and I wanted to make an adjustment on it and I worked on that," Perez said.

Ramirez and Perez could end up in big league camp next spring, though the Rangers haven't decided exactly who will get those invites yet.

"This is like a present for me and I want to take advantage of every single thing," Perez said. "I want to see my teammates, talk to the pitchers, talk to the players and learn as much as I can."