• Luke Skyscraper To Join Evil Empire?

    Posted by on August 23rd, 2009 · Comments (4)

    Have you been watching the Little League World Series? Since I was born and lived on Staten Island, for 37 years, I’m somewhat interested in seeing what the S.I. team does in the Series. But, to be candid, I’ve only seen a little of one of the games so far on ESPN…

    However, in the game that I did see, I saw that pitcher from Chula Vista Park View – Luke Ramirez. Have you seen him yet?

    Luke Ramirez is 6-foot-2 and weighs 205 pounds. Man, that’s crazy!

    How is a kid, 11- or 12-years old, supposed to step into a batter’s box, with Ramirez hulking on the mound, just 46 feet away?

    Here’s a picture of Luke taking a throw at first, if you need a visual:

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    Photo via: Terry Pierson / The Press-Enterprise

    Forget Chad Gaudin and Sergio Mitre…maybe the Yankees can pick up this Raimrez kid and let him help fill out their rotation between now and October?

    Comments on Luke Skyscraper To Join Evil Empire?

    1. Corey
      August 23rd, 2009 | 3:00 pm

      wow…did they have a gun on the kid?

    2. August 23rd, 2009 | 3:47 pm

      @ Corey: Yeah. I don’t remember the exact MPH. But, I do recall them showing that his MPH at 46′ equaled a plus-big-league FB at 60′ – it was in the mid-90′s range, IIRC.

      I have to wonder if they’re helping this kid by playing against those his own age. When he was six-years old, Josh Hamilton was playing on youth baseball teams for boys between the ages of eleven and twelve – because he was that good. Maybe Luke is not that good, just big?

    3. MJ
      August 24th, 2009 | 9:01 am

      I hate to even be this cynical but…do we really know he’s the appropriate age? I’m reminded of the Danny Almonte story from a few years ago…

      This kid just doesn’t look anything like an 11 or 12 year old.

    4. YankCrank
      August 24th, 2009 | 9:46 am

      I think there’s a kid on the Saudi Arabian team who’s 6’3” 220. I could be wrong on the team, but I saw the kid pitch and he was just a monster.

      My gf works for ESPN and is working the LLWS, and she’s been telling me there are some monsters on a number of teams this year. Some kids just mature faster than others. I remember playing ball when I was 12 with this kid who was 5’11” 215, and he hasn’t grown an inch since that age. Kind of weird but it happens a lot.

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