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Ramon Aristides Aguero previously listed as Samuel Vazquez
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 4", Weight 190 lb.
- High School Escuela Basica-Palave High School
Ramon Aguero was signed by Latin American scouting director Rene Gayo and Dominican scouting supervisor Josue Herrera for the Pittsburgh Pirates in July 2005 at age 20, relatively old for a Dominican signee. At the time, he was listed with a birthdate of 3/10/88 and the name of Samuel Vazquez. In 2006, he was 1-1 with a 3.41 ERA for the DSL Pirates. The next year, with the same club, Aguero went 5-2 with a 2.26 ERA and 81 strikeouts in 76 innings.
In 2008, Ramon made his US debut and used his real name for the first time. He was 1-10 with a 6.75 ERA for the State College Spikes, allowing a .308 average. He led the New York-Penn League in losses. He split 2009 between three stops - the West Virginia Power (1-2, 4.71, .294 opponent average), Lynchburg Hillcats (1-0, 2.49, 22 K in 21 2/3 IP) and the Altoona Curve (0-2, 4 Sv, 2.84, 13 K in 12 2/3 IP), oddly improving as he moved up the ladder. That winter, he was added to the Pirates' 40-man roster, replacing Jeff Karstens.