Wilkin Ramirez is heading to Erie
When the Tigers optioned Clete Thomas to Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday, it furthered a logjam in the Mud Hens outfield, which already had Casper Wells, Ryan Strieby, Brennan Boesch and Wilkin Ramirez. The plan was to rotate four outfielders between the three starting spots and the designated hitter.
Once Thomas was sent down, something to happen. Now we know: Wilkin Ramirez has been transferred to Double-A Erie.
Ramirez isn’t simply repeating the same level in back-to-back years. He spent all of last season at Triple-A Toledo except for a couple one-day stints in Detroit. Essentially, Ramirez is repeating a level he completed in 2008.
UPDATE @4:30pm: Team president/GM Dave Dombrowski confirmed the move is a matter of clearing up the logjam in Toledo. He also said Ramirez will play center field most of the time there, continuing a move to center that began in winter ball.