SF Giants: Top Outfield Prospect Making Roster Push
By Jeff Young
The SF Giants trimmed down its camp list on Monday, but one of their top prospects was not among those who were cut.
Heliot Ramos has put together an impressive spring and he remains as one of the many outfielders making a push for an Opening Day roster spot.
Top SF Giants outfield prospect making roster push
The right-handed bat has seen plenty of playing time this spring and he has rewarded the Giants with a stellar performance. In 24 at-bats, Ramos has recorded ten hits with one double, three home runs and six RBI.
The ball tends to travel farther in the Cactus League, but the 21-year-old has not needed the help. He has blistered some baseballs this spring:
The Giants seem relatively content with an outfield mix of Mauricio Dubon, Mike Yastrzemski, Alex Dickerson, Darin Ruf, and Austin Slater. With that being said, Ramos’ performance is making it a tough decision while giving the Giants a glimpse of the future.
After being drafted in the first round of the 2017 draft, Ramos has impressed as he has been on several top prospect lists, ranking as high as no. 32 according to Baseball Prospectus before the 2021 season.
The 2019 campaign was one of growth for the outfielder. After struggling to the tune of a .709 OPS in his first full season in Low-A in 2018, Ramos took a huge step forward in 2019. He began the year in Single-A and slashed .306/.385/500 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI as a 19-year-old. This included a stout 9.5 percent walk, which is one area where he really developed.
His performance was encouraging enough to earn a late-season promotion to Double-A. He generated a solid .742 OPS with three home runs and 15 RBI in 106 plate appearances in a league that can be extremely tough on hitters.
If there was a 2020 minor-league season, Ramos might have been banging on the door for a promotion to the big club. However, he has picked up where he left off and the Giants must like what they are seeing.
The chances of him making the club out of camp seem unlikely. Though, he continues to make a convincing argument for why he should be one of the first prospects called up if the need arises. He has not looked overmatched so far. Rather, he fits in comfortably and looks very confident at the plate.