According to a post by sports agency Muenger English SM, the SF Giants have promoted outfielder Heliot Ramos to Triple-A, where he will soon join the Sacramento River Cats lineup. Ramos has been one of the top prospects in the Giants organization since he was drafted in the first round of the 2017 MLB draft out of Leadership Christian Academy High School in Puerto Rico. Entering this season, Ramos was ranked the fourth-best prospect in the organization.
Ramos had an excellent 2019, demolishing High-A and earning a quick promotion to Double-A, alongside prospects Joey Bart and Sean Hjelle. While the young outfielder’s performance stalled a bit with the Richmond Flying Squirrels, his youth left few scouts worried about him too much. However, an abysmal performance at the Arizona Fall League raised some red flags and the lost 2020 minor league season left many wondering how Ramos would fair in 2021.
This spring, Ramos was one of several prospects invited to major league camp, and he very quickly put those concerns to rest. Ramos blasted three home runs and finished the spring with a .410/.425/.718 triple-slash across 40 plate appearances. Some wondered whether Ramos’ performance was so good that he might find his way onto the big-league roster.
Ultimately, the Giants opted to send Ramos back to Double-A to start the 2021 season. He got off to a hot start for the Flying Squirrels but began tailing off. Recently, however, the 21-year-old outfielder has been heating up, hitting .310/.383/.762 with five home runs and just nine strikeouts over his past 47 trips to the plate. On the season, Ramos has blasted 10 home runs and recorded a .237/.323/.432 triple-slash in the notoriously pitcher-friendly Double-A Northeast League.
Now headed to the hitter-friendly paradise of Triple-A West, SF Giants prospect Heliot Ramos is approaching the final steps of his minor league journey. Assuming he succeeds in the Sacramento River Cats lineup, it should only be a matter of time before he makes his MLB debut for San Francisco.