Photo by Dina Kwit Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
ROSEMONT, Ill. (October 16, 2017) – The Chicago Bandits have re-signed shortstop Abby Ramirez to a one-year deal ahead of the 2018 season, team officials announced on Monday afternoon.
Ramirez batted .243 and added 14 RBI across 41 games in her rookie campaign with the Bandits.
“Abby stepped in and became a reliable, consistent performer on the offensive end for us last season,” Bandits general manager Toni Calmeyn said. “We’re excited to bring her back and see her continue to develop.”
Ramirez initially signed with the Bandits on May 30, 2017 as an undrafted free agent following the conclusion of her senior season at the University of Michigan. The Chicago native and 2013 Illinois Gatorade Softball Player of the Year made an immediate impression at the professional level, hitting safely in five of her first six games while tallying five RBI.
During her rookie season in the NPF, Ramirez enjoyed a high degree of success against right-handed pitching, holding a .284 split.
At the collegiate level, Ramirez became a staple in Michigan’s lineup and helped guide the Wolverines to their 23rd consecutive NCAA Tournament in her final year. The lefty slapper hit at a .370 clip and showcased her ability to impact the game in multiple ways, swiping 16 bases in 18 attempts.
Ramirez is the latest name added to a list of talented middle infielders who have signed with the Bandits for the upcoming season, joining All-NPF second baseman Emily Carosone and Team USA shortstop Delaney Spaulding.
The four-time Cowles Cup champion Chicago Bandits will be back at The Ballpark at Rosemont for the 2018 season. For more information about the Chicago Bandits or to reserve your season tickets, please visit chicagobandits.com or call the box office at 877-722-6348.
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch league. Entering their 14th season as a franchise, the Bandits have provided the Chicago area with high-level softball talent and entertainment en route to capturing six regular season titles and four Cowles Cup championships, the most recent coming during the 2016 campaign. Located in Rosemont, the Bandits play at The Ballpark at Rosemont, one of the premier softball facilities in the nation. The Ballpark at Rosemont is the only stadium in the country built exclusively for a women’s professional softball team. The Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch softball players to further their careers at the professional level and has included legendary figures such as Jennie Finch, Monica Abbott and Tammy Williams.
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Akron Racers, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Scrap Yard Dawgs, Texas Charge and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2017 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.