On Sunday, the Arizona Diamondbacks promoted outfielder Henry Ramos to their MLB roster. He appeared in the first big-league game of his career and recorded a hit in his lone plate appearance. Ramos played in the SF Giants organization in 2019 and is the older brother of former Giants first-round pick Heliot Ramos (currently ranked the third-best prospect in the farm system).
Ramos was drafted in the fifth round of the 2010 MLB draft by the Boston Red Sox. For the past 11 years, the outfielder has worked his way up the minor league ranks and spent time with four organizations. After reaching Triple-A with the Red Sox in 2016, Ramos declared himself a minor league free agent and signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Ramos was a solid outfielder in the Dodgers upper minors in 2017 and 2018 but could not crack the big-league roster.
When the Giants hired Farhan Zaidi as the president of baseball operations following the 2018 season, the former Dodgers general manager prioritized acquiring some familiar players from his time in Los Angeles. One of them was Henry Ramos.
However, while the Giants went through several outfielders in 2019, Ramos never received a call-up. He hit .269/.319/.439 with 21 doubles and 12 home runs in 96 games during his lone season with the Sacramento River Cats.
Ramos signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers heading into the 2020 season, but the COVID-19 pandemic prevented him from making an impact in the minors. Back on the open market last offseason, Ramos inked a minor league deal with the Dbacks.
The minor league veteran Ramos has always performed well, hitting .282/.341/.431 in 3,617 career minor league plate appearances. However, he’s reached another level in 2021, hitting .371/.439/.538 with the Reno Aces-the Dbacks Triple-A affiliate. Now more than a decade after he was first drafted, Ramos is finally receiving an MLB opportunity.
Former SF Giants minor league outfielder Henry Ramos, and the older brother of current top prospect Heliot Ramos, made his long-awaited MLB debut on Sunday for the Arizona Diamondbacks.