Chicago Cubs: Forgotten players who suited up in 2016

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Neil Ramirez – Chicago Cubs (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images) /

Chicago Cubs: He had a great run early on before injuries in 2014

In the latter days of the rebuild, reliever Neil Ramirez was putting on a show. Then a 25-year old Ramirez put up a 1.44 ERA, 2.61 FIP, 1.1 WHIP and 10.9 K/9 in 43.2 innings in 2014. Unfortunately, the injury issues came his days as a Cub were numbered. He pitched in 19 innings in 2015, putting up a 3.21 ERA which is where the memories of him as a Cub typically fade

However, he did have one last hurrah in 2016 with the Cubs…it was very brief. He appeared in eight games and pitched in 7 2/3 innings with them. He gave up four runs, walked eight, and struck out 10 batters. His appearances as a Cub were in April and May when the team was steamrolling their opponents. Ramirez was then put on waivers and the Milwaukee Brewers selected him.

Since his final days as a Cub he has been with the following MLB organizations: Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins, San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Mets, Washington Nationals and Cleveland Indians. He pitched in 22 games last year with the Jays and Indians.

So yes, Ramirez is not forgotten as a Cub, but it can be easy to forget he played for them in 2016. It would be cool to see Ramirez find a long-term home and do well again; he had excellent stuff when he came up.