Prospects Perez, Ramirez join the Rangers

Perez, Ramirez to spend time around Rangers

Prospects Perez, Ramirez join the Rangers
ARLINGTON -- Left-hander Martin Perez and right-hander Neil Ramirez arrived in Arlington on Tuesday. They will be here for two days to work with pitching coach Mike Maddux, hang around the rest of the staff and learn as much as they can.

"It's very important," Perez said. "This is like a present for me with the Rangers. I'm going to take advantage of every single thing, talk to the pitchers, talk to the players, and learn as much as I can and take it to me with Venezuela."

Perez, the No. 1 prospect in the Rangers' system, was 4-4 with a 6.43 ERA in 10 starts at Triple-A Round Rock after going 4-2 with a 3.16 ERA in 16 starts and one relief appearance at Double-A Frisco.

Ramirez, the 44th overall pick in the 2007 draft, began the season at Class A Myrtle Beach, but was jumped to Triple-A after just one start. Ramirez was 4-3 with a 3.68 ERA in 18 starts for Round Rock while striking out 86 in 74 1/3 innings.

He was twice shut down because of shoulder stiffness and made six starts on a rehab assignment at Double-A Frisco, going 1-0 with a 1.89 ERA.

"Structurally, everything has been fine," Ramirez said. "I threw a lot of pitches in a condensed amount of innings. The workload and getting used to everything, like the travel, caught up with me."