Baseball America released their 2018 Top 100 Prospect list on Monday and Heliot Ramos was the only San Francisco Giants prospect to make the cut coming in at 79.
The outfielder was taken with the 19th pick in the 2017 MLB Draft by the Giants.
He was sent to the Giants rookie ball team in Arizona where he hit .348 in 138 at-bats with 33 runs scored, 11 doubles, 6 triples, 6 home runs, 27 RBI, 10 stolen bases, 10 walks, 48 strikeouts and a .404 on-base-percentage.
Those numbers where certainly enough to get fans excited about the potential for Ramos. Obviously we need to see him produce those numbers at a higher level before we get too excited, but he has set the ceiling pretty high for his potential.
This is why every team we’ve dealt with this offseason has been asking for the talented right-handed hitter, and why the Giants have been reluctant to give him up.
I don’t know whether or not Ramos will be a difference maker in the big leagues one day, but right now he’s the one guy in the system that has shown that potential.
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If he follows up his rookie campaign with another solid year in 2018, he’ll fly up the prospect boards.
The other issue to address here is the fact that Ramos is the only Giants prospect in the top 100. And it’s not like he’s in the upper echelon of prospects, he’s barely making the list at 79.
The Giants farm system is one of the worsts in baseball right now. That’s why the front office is hesitant to sign any players this offseason with a qualifying offer.
If we’re going to build another championship team, we have to start doing a better job of drafting and developing players.
The 2018 MLB Draft should be a big one for the Giants with a couple of picks in the top 100 and the second pick of every round.
Hopefully by this time next year the Giants will have a handful of prospects in BA’s Top 100.