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- Jake Ramsey went to Covington from Oral Roberts in 2010. In 52 1/3 innings that summer, he went 4-1, 2.75, with a 1.052 WHIP, 1.9 BB/9, and 10.5 K/9. He was ATVL’s 4th best starter based on those stats. He was signed as an undrafted free agent that summer- yes, the same summer he was in the Valley- and appeared in six games for the Burlington Royals in the Appalachian League, going 1-0, 6.75 in eight innings. He was bounced after that year, though, but he signed and played for two different Indy League teams in 2011- the Washington Wild Things in the Frontier League, and White Sands in the Pecos League. (He totaled three games in the two leagues.) Ramsey has not played pro ball since 2011.
- Kyle Arjona showed up in Harrisonburg from New Orleans in 2018. He was dynamite in five first-half games, going 3-1, 1.31, with a 0.879 WHIP, 0.7 BB/9, and 10.9 K/9 in 27 1/3 innings. (He only walked two batters.) His games were all in the first half, because Arjona was signed as a free agent by the Philadelphia Phillies- he told me himself at the League All-Star game. Named the 2nd best starter at the end of the season, Arjona pitched in 29 minor league games in 2018 and 2019, going 1-2, 3.96, with a 1.414 WHIP, 3.4 BB/9, and 6.2 K/9 in 52 1/3 innings. The Phils released him in November 2019.
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