Thursday, February 22, 2018
DrB's 2018 Giants Top 50 Prospects: #1 Heliot Ramos
Heliot Ramos, OF. DOB: 9/71999. B-R, T-R. 6'2", 185 lbs. Drafted 2017 Round 1, #19 Overall.
R: .348/.404/.645, 11 2B, 6 3B, 6 HR, 10 SB, 6.6 BB%, 31.8 K%, 151 PA.
I remember the instant I knew the Giants had to draft Heliot Ramos if he was available at #19 of the 2017 draft. I was reading through a mock draft and saw his name as the Dodgers pick. I let out an audible "No!" "The Giants cannot let the Dodgers draft Heliot Ramos!" Well, if Ramos is the guy they can't let the Dodgers have, there is only one way to guarantee it won't happen: Draft him before he gets to the Dodgers! Boom! Guess who the Giants grabbed at #19.
Heliot Ramos might be the most athletic, toolsy first round pick the Giants have ever made. Run, Catch, Throw, Hit, Hit for Power. Check, Check, Check, Check, Check! He's got a great shot to be what Gustavo Cabrera could have been. He's got the same athleticism and muscular strength along with the other tools. To top it off, he got off to a blazing hot start to his pro career marred only by a high K rate and a concussion from an HBP that ended his season a bit early.
Of course, my irrational exuberance might come crashing down when he struggles in Augusta, but hey, Augusta as a new ballpark and maybe it's not quite as unfriendly to hitters as Olmstead Park. For now, I am as excited about Heliot Ramos as I have been about any Giants prospect I can remember, and I go all the way back to Will Clark and Matt Williams.