Heliot Ramos, OF
BATS: R / THROWS: R
ACQUIRED: Drafted 2017, 1st Round
LAST LEVEL: Triple-A
GiantFutures 2022 Ranks: #1 Corner Outfield, #5 Overall
Performance: After a year off, Ramos got started in 2021 hot, performing in Spring Training with a .410/.425/.718 batting line, along with three doubles and three home runs in 21 games. That got everyone pumped for a huge regular season, but one that did not come. Ramos was hot at first, batting .314 with seven doubles and three home runs in 16 games at May. But a June swoon in which he hit .155 tanked his numbers. In early July, he rolled off an 8-game hitting streak, and soon after, got his promotion to Triple-A.
With just under half a season in Triple-A, Ramos put together a respectable performance, batting .272/.323/.399 with 11 doubles, two triples and four home runs across 54 games. But Ramos’ aggressiveness led to 65 strikeouts to just 15 walks in 229 plate appearances. He struggled particularly against right-handed pitching, posting a .675 OPS as opposed to a .908 OPS against left-handers.
Strengths and Weaknesses: Ramos has impressive batspeed that allows him to turn a relatively flat swing into one that produces a ton of line drives, and a fair amount of home runs. That is his best offensive skill, as his aggressive nature will lead to strikeouts and not many walks, but the power will make him worth it there, and he has above average speed, though he doesn’t use it for steals.
Defensively, Ramos continues to be used primarily in center field, though there’s still some debate about whether he will stick there. He’s built like a fullback from football, but he still has good speed and good instincts in the outfield. The general thought is that he’ll end up in a corner, with the arm strength to work well in right field.
2022 Outlook: After the hot start, Ramos had a bit of a humbling year. He ended up doing okay in Triple-A, but the Giants will want to get him to do better than that. Barring a huge spring training, Ramos will head back to Triple-A to prove himself. With the lockout looming, that could affect when he starts.
Future Profile: The luster on Ramos has dulled a little as his strikeouts have piled up at the higher levels. But his bat is a Major League quality bat, and it should carry him to a regular outfield spot in the majors, I’m betting in the corners.