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The Mariners Most Happy Camper

There's not one player in Seattle Mariners camp unhappy to be here, but one particular young pitcher doesn't mind showing his joy - right-hander Erasmo Ramirez.

A 21-year-old Nicaraguan. Ramirez is a fire plug amongst the long lean body types of pitchers like Taijuan Walker - he's 5-foot-11 and 205 pounds.

"He's not the kind of guy that jumps out at you, until he throws," pitching coach Carl Willis said. "Then he gets your attention. Everything he throws, he throws for strikes, and he can get it up in the mid-90s."

Ramirez's numbers weren't startling, and he went 10-8 with a 4.83 earned run average last year in Class AA and Class AAA combined. Still, there are signs like this one: Ramirez walked one batter, total, in his first nine starts of the season.

In 26 starts, he walked 41 batters and struck  out 116. As Willis said, that will get your attention. Expect Ramirez to make an impression in camp, then start the year in Tacoma.

An ever-present smile in camp won't hurt, and he says he can't help it.

"I'm enjoying myself," he said. "How could I not be?"