Dodgers Sign the God of the Afterlife

Per Ben Badler of Baseball America, the Dodgers have signed another teenaged international prospect.

The Dodgers have signed Osiris Ramirez, a 17-year-old Dominican righthander, for $100,000.

At 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, Ramirez has most recently been throwing his fastball 87-91 mph with good armside life. Scouts were mixed on his curveball, but some have seem him show feel for the 75-79 mph offering, which is more advanced than his low-80s changeup.

Ramirez is athletic and had previously been a shortstop, but he moved to the mound within the last two years and generated some buzz as a pitcher on the rise last year as July 2 approached. Ramirez, who was born in Puerto Plata, has been living in San Francisco de Macoris and traininer with Laurentino Genao. He’s expected to start his career in the Dominican Summer League.

As Badler notes, the Dodgers have signed quite a few similar players, including “Mexican lefthander Julio Urias (signed from the Mexico City Red Devils), Dominican shortstop Cristian Gomez, Venezuelan righthander William Soto and Dominican outfielder Ariel Sandoval”. I usually don’t make much notice of them here because these are all players who are at least five years away, if they even make it — which the overwhelming majority do not.

But about that name….

Osiris (pron.: /oʊˈsaɪərɨs/; Ancient Greek: Ὄσιρις, also Usiris; the Egyptian language name is variously transliterated Asar, Asari, Aser, Ausar, Ausir, Wesir, Usir, Usire or Ausare) was an Egyptian god, usually identified as the god of the afterlife, the underworld and the dead. He was classically depicted as a green-skinned man with a pharaoh’s beard, partially mummy-wrapped at the legs, wearing a distinctive crown with two large ostrich feathers at either side, and holding a symbolic crook and flail.

Now you’ve got my attention, Osiris.