Brandon Ramirez Makes Debut With White Sands Pupfish In Pecos League.
ROSWELL, New Mexico – Recent LeTourneau University baseball student-athlete and May 2019 graduate Brandon Ramirez made his debut with the White Sands Pupfish of the Pecos League on Thursday night, hitting an RBI single in the fifth inning in his only at-bat of the game.
The Willis, Texas native signed with the Pupfish following graduation and made his way into the game of the 2019 season opener for White Sands, which plays in the Mountain Division of the Pecos League.
This past season with LeTourneau, Ramirez appeared in and started 43 games and hit .327 on the season with six extra-base hits while driving in 24 runs. In his three-year career with the YellowJackets, Ramirez appeared in 91 games while starting 89 games and hitting .289 with a total of 12 extra-base hits. Also, 42 RBIs and eight stolen bases, a majority of his time in the field would be spent at first base.
The Pecos League is an independent baseball league which operates in cities in desert mountain regions throughout California, New Mexico, Southern Arizona, Kansas, West Texas, and Southern Colorado. Pecos Teams play in cities that do not have Major or Minor League Baseball teams and is not affiliated with either. To play in the Pecos League, players are 25 years old or younger, and each team has a 22 man roster with no designated hitter used in games. Each team roster has 11 experienced players (with a maximum of three veterans) and 11 rookies with the season running from May 30-July 30.
Starting 2011, three of the original six teams (which includes the White Sands Pupfish) still play in the Pecos League today with current teams making up the two-division league (Mountain Division, Pacific Division). White Sands is located in Alamogordo, New Mexico in South Central New Mexico and is located near White Sands national monument. A pupfish is a killifish that is noted for being found in extreme and isolated situations such as the New Mexico desert. The White Sands pupfish is found in two springs and two small streams on White Sands Missile Range in the Tularosa Basin and nowhere else in the world.
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