The SF Giants farm system is beginning to churn out prospects to the major league roster. A longtime outfield prospect is set to make his major league debut after being pulled midway through last night's Triple-A game.
SF Giants call up top outfield prospect
The Giants are calling up outfielder Heliot Ramos, per Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area. Ramos was originally drafted in the first round of the 2017 draft out of the Leadership Christian Academy in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.
For years, the 22-year-old outfielder has ranked as one of the best prospects in the Giants organization and one of the better prospects in baseball. There was some prospect fatigue as he slipped in the preseason rankings this offseason, but Baseball America ranked him as the No. 94 prospect in its preseason rankings.
Ramos has been moved aggressively up the farm system, reaching as high as Triple-A midway through the 2021 season. Oftentimes, he has been facing pitching that is much older than he is, so that caveat needs to be considered when looking at his pro stats thus far.
The right-handed bat was facing Triple-A pitching in his age-21 season, which is a time when many baseball players in that age group are facing college pitchers.
Ramos struggled in his first trip through Triple-A, slashing .272/.323/.399 (80 wRC+) with four home runs, 30 runs, and 30 RBI in 229 plate appearances. This included a 6.6 walk rate against a 28.4 percent strikeout rate, so he did not control the strikezone as he has in the past.
He returned to Sacramento at the beginning of this season and blasted a home run in the first game of the year. Ramos recorded four hits in 12 at-bats before receiving a promotion to the Giants roster.
There is no word yet on the corresponding roster move as the Giants' roster currently stands at 28. However, if Ramos is in today's lineup, he will have his hands full as the Giants face off against Miami Marlins southpaw Trevor Rogers.
Rogers posted a 2.64 ERA in 25 starts for the Marlins in 2021 while finishing in second place in the Rookie of the Year voting. The Giants will look to take the series after splitting the first two games with the Marlins. Ramos has been on the map for several years, so this will be a special day for him and his family as well as Giants fans.