Heliot Ramos, OF
BATS: R / THROWS: R
ACQUIRED: Drafted 2017, 1st Round
LAST LEVEL: Triple-A
VOLATILITY: Very High
GiantFutures 2023 Ranks: #12 Overall, #2 Corner Outfielder
2022 Performance: Heliot Ramos had a very rough year, despite making his Major League debut in 2022. In his first full season at Triple-A, Ramos hit just .227/.306/.349, all career low numbers in his 5-season career. He managed 17 doubles and 11 home runs across 108 games.
What kept interrupting Ramos’ season were his callups to the Majors, as he was called up five different times, but only played in nine games in the bigs. He got two hits in his Major League debut on April 10th, but those ended up as his only big league hits all season long.
Where Ramos really struggled was in his splits. Ramos had generally been pretty even against pitchers from both side, but in 2022, Ramos hit just .211 with a .623 OPS against left-handers, while having a .669 OPS against right-handers. Compare that to 2021, when he had a .794 OPS against left-handers, and a .741 against right-handers.
Strengths and Weaknesses: The best strength for Ramos is his strength, as he regularly has had high exit velocity numbers and can punch balls out, when he’s hitting well. Unfortunately, Ramos is an aggressive hitter and his attempts to make adjustments to be more patient and get more balls in the air have not been effective yet. Although he still can make contact on a lot of balls, it often has turned into weak contact rather than hits.
Ramos has long been described as a fullback physically, and his body shape has begun to catch up with his athleticism, as he’s slipped to a sub-par runner on the basepaths, and his days of being a center fielder are just about over. He still has an above-average arm, which should play well in right.
2023 Outlook: It’ll be more of the same in 2023, with Ramos likely to play in Triple-A with stints in the big leagues. Hopefully, he’s given better chances to get a rhythm going in Sacramento this season, and bring his numbers back up.
Future Profile: Ramos was formerly a top overall prospect in the Giants system thanks to his athleticism and potential, but he’s fallen far from those days, but the good news is that he can recover some of it. If he can retool his swing and make better contact, he could still be an everyday corner outfielder with a low average and high power. He can also get himself back into better shape and bring back some of that lost athleticism.