Perez, Ramirez impress early in camp

Perez, Ramirez impress early in camp

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Left-hander Martin Perez and right-hander Neil Ramirez are making quick impressions in their first Major League camp. Both are two highly regarded pitching prospects and are showing why here in the first few days.

"They're young and they can manipulate the ball down in the zone," Texas manager Ron Washington said.

"Martin has looked impressive and Neil Ramirez has stood out," said Danny Clark, the Rangers' Minor League pitching coordinator. "Those two guys are impressive in how they are handling big league camp."

Perez, who is ranked 29th in MLB.com's list of Top 100 prospects, has a shot at winning a job as a left-handed reliever even though he has been a starter for most of his Minor League career.

"We're looking at all of them," Washington said. "He's here and he's left-handed. ... If he proves to be better than the others, then that's something we'll look at. He's in big league camp. He's not here to collect the meal money."