In the Tigers 5-3 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night, Wilkin Ramirez made his major league debut, if he wasn't already in shock of where he was, it didn't help when he hit a home run in the bottom of the sixth.
Ramirez has been a touted prospect in the Tigers organization for a few years now and was invited to attend "Tiger Fest" this past season, to get fans a chance to know him a little better.
He was hitting .316 so far this season at Triple-A Toledo, to go along with five home runs and 14 stolen bases. So when outfielder, Magglio Ordonez, was placed on the bereavement list in order to help his wife through surgery, Wilkin got the call.
He may only be up with Detroit for a few games, but he has already made an impact. His sixth inning home run stretched a massive 433 feet to the left-center shrubs at Comerica Park in Detroit. The shot put the Tigers ahead for good in the tight game.
His first two at bats against Texas pitcher, Matt Harrison, both resulted in strikeouts. In his first plate appearance, he fouled off two fastballs and on his full count pitch, Harrison blew a 96 MPH fastball past the young Ramirez. His second appearance didn't last as long, as Harrison mixed speeds and fooled him with a change up.
Wilkin then led off the sixth inning, Matt Harrison, looking for his third strikeout of Ramirez in the day, threw a 95 MPH heater down the middle.
"I put a good swing on it, the ball was gone," Ramirez said of the pitch from the Rangers righty.
Even Comerica Park's colossal outfield and big gaps couldn't hold the ball in, it was headed right towards the left-center flag pole.
Ramirez was living his dream rounding the bases, when asked about it; "It's awesome. Best feeling ever, man".
We may not see Wilkin Ramirez in the majors much longer, but expect him to be a part of the Tigers roster at some other point in the 2009 season. Remember the name, because Wilks has real talent.
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