June 28, 2014
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Following a strong start to his professional career with the Evansville Otters of the independent Frontier League, Purdue baseball alumnus and Bay Area native Robert Ramer had his contact purchased by the San Francisco Giants Saturday.
Ramer, a right-hander pitcher for Purdue from 2010-13, is the 10th member of the Boilermakers' 2012 Big Ten championship team to sign with a Major League Baseball organization. A program-record seven Purdue players were selected in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Blake Mascarello (2009-12) also signed as a free agent after the 2012 season. Sean McHugh (2011-14) was drafted earlier this month and now Ramer has signed after compiling a 10-1 record in independent ball.
Ramer said he was set to travel to Arizona for a physical and was hopeful of being assigned to the Augusta GreenJackets of the Class A South Atlantic League. San Francisco also has short-season affiliates in Oregon and Arizona.
Ramer recorded his first professional victory in just his second start, and Evansville won 13 of the 14 career games in which he pitched. His 10-1 record was tied for the highest winning percentage (.909) of any pitcher in the Otters' 20-year history. The Sunnyvale, Calif., native was a Frontier League best 7-0 this season with a 1.90 ERA, which ranked seventh in the league. He is the 61st Otter to be signed by affiliated baseball.
"I just want to thank the Evansville Otters for the opportunity they gave me," Ramer said. "I want to thank (Otters manager) Andy (McCauley) for giving me a shot when no one else did last year. I want to also thank (pitching coach) Max Peterson for working with me and helping me to continue to develop."
"We have been getting a lot of calls about Robert lately," McCauley said. "I'm glad he is getting the opportunity to pitch with the San Francisco Giants. He has earned everything he is receiving now with hard work and learning the professional aspects of pitching. We wish him all the best with the Giants organization."
Ramer finished his college career with a 16-6 record, 202 2/3 innings pitched and a 3.42 strikeout-to-walk ratio. After issuing only 33 walks in his 202 2/3 career innings, including just two in 50 1/3 innings during the 2012 Big Ten championship season, his 1.465 fewest walks per nine ratio is the best in program history. After being a big reason why Purdue won 17 consecutive midweek games from 2011-12, he joined the weekend rotation as a senior and made four of his eight Big Ten starts on Fridays.
Ramer earned his bachelor's degree in 2012 and has also earned a MBA graduate degree from Purdue.
Ramer is expected to become the ninth former Boilermaker on an active roster in Minor League Baseball this season. Ramer's former teammates Cameron Perkins (2010-12) and Kevin Plawecki (2010-12) as well as Dan Black (2007-09) and Josh Lindblom (2007-08) are all at the Triple-A level.