Heliot Ramos, OF
DOB: September 7, 1999
BATS: R / THROWS: R
ACQUIRED: Drafted 1st Round (#19), 2017
LAST LEVEL: Double-A
GiantFutures Ranks: #1 Corner Outfielder
Performance: After a difficult first full season in the pros in Augusta, Ramos moved up to San Jose and performed up to expectations. He slashed .306/.385/.500 in 77 games at San Jose, fighting through a knee injury that cost him a month of playing time through April and May. He then was promoted up to Double-A Richmond for the final month of the season, and slashed a tougher .242/.321/.421 there.
Ramos had some struggles with strikeouts, posting a 25.4% strikeout rate in Low-A in 2018. His rate stayed effectively the same, 26.5% in 2019, but his walk rate improved from 6.5% up to 9.4%.
In 2020, Ramos got chances in Spring Training with the big team, but suffered in 2020 with a pair of health issues, a leg infection in July and an oblique injury in October, but reports were that Ramos excelled in the Alternate Training Site.
Strengths and Weaknesses: Ramos has such good batspeed that he hits a lot of line drives all over the field. He’s not a natural slugger, but his line drives are enough to get over the wall. He matches it with above average speed to be able to take extra bases on his drives.
Ramos does struggle with strikeouts, and while he improved his numbers in 2019, he did it without reducing his strikeout rate. He will likely always be a strikeout threat, but even so, he will get his hits and extra bases to make damage.
Ramos spent all of 2019 in center field, but as he fills out, many scouts feel that his likely future will be in a corner, where he will still have plus range. He has an arm that will fit well in right field.
2021 Outlook: While Ramos did not get on the field in 2020 in competitive games, he spent the full season working with the team, between spring and summer trainings, the Alternate Site, and then in instructs. Still, he’ll likely start the year in Double-A Richmond, but with a ticket to Sacramento waiting, if he starts the year like he did in San Jose in 2019.
Future Profile: Ramos is remarkably still just 21, even with three seasons and a lost year under his belt, and will still get stronger and better. If he continues on his trajectory, he’ll be a star outfielder in the major leagues, with both power and speed attributes. The strikeouts will always haunt him, and could lead to some tough years, but there’s no doubt that Ramos will be a high-performing Major Leaguer.