HELIOT RAMOS SAN FRANCISCO #2
Heliot Ramos | Rank: 2 (Preseason: 2)
Team: San Jose Giants (A Adv)ETA: 2021Position: OFAge: 19 DOB: 09/07/1999Bats: R Throws: RHeight: 6′ 1″ Weight: 188 lb.Drafted: 2017, 1st (19) – SFOther Lists: Top 100 Prospects (#55)Watch
Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 55 | Run: 55 | Arm: 60 | Field: 50 | Overall: 55
Ramos comes from a family of athletes, with one brother (Henry) spending 2018 in Triple-A as an outfielder in the Dodgers system and another (Hector) playing professional soccer. Heliot starred on the high school showcase circuit and had offered one of the best power/speed combinations in the 2017 Draft, propelling him to the No. 19 overall pick in the first round and a $3,101,700 bonus. After leading the Rookie-level Arizona League with a .645 slugging percentage and posting a 1.049 OPS in his pro debut, he struggled in low Class A in 2018 before thriving in high Class A this year.
Ramos’ 2018 struggles weren’t entirely unexpected because at age 18 he was the youngest regular in the South Atlantic League, and he did make improvements over the course of the season. His bat speed and strength remain impressive, giving him the raw power to crush home runs to all fields. He needs to develop a more patient approach in order to make enough contact to do damage against advanced pitching, though his strikeout rate actually decreased from 2017 (32 percent) to 2018 (25 percent).
While Ramos displayed plus speed in pre-Draft workout, he plays as more of a solid runner and could slow a bit more as his muscular frame continues to mature. He spent all of his first two pro seasons in center field and is presently an average defender there, thanks more to his quickness than his instincts. He projects as a right fielder in the long term and has the power and plus arm to profile well there.