The second best defensive shortstop in the Mets Minor Leagues, Ramos has great potential as a player, but hasn’t completely realized it yet.
SS Milton Ramos
R/R, 5’11″180 LB, 10/26/1995 (21), Drafted in the 3rd round, 84th Overall out of American Heritage High School for $750,000 (Slot $651,700)
Ramos is an incredibly divisive player to say the least. Around the time that the draft rolled around, Ramos was called the best defensive shortstop, and even could play shortstop currently in the MLB. The Mets, who had the tendency in the 2013 and 2014 draft to grab defensive wizards at shortstop, popped him in the third round, and 84th overall in 2o14 and paid him $98,300 over his recommended slot.
First, let’s go over hitting. As an 18 year old in the Complex Level Gulf Coast League a bitter .241/.299/.355 but did have 14 extra base hits, including five triples. The next year he had some intrigue, switching with Luis Carpio between Shortstop and Second Base, with a .317/.341/.415 triple slash, but had a little hiccup where for no reason in the middle of the season, he was sent down to the Gulf Coast League, and started playing there. The word was that it was attitude issues with a coach that made the Mets give him a time out in Kingsport and ship him down down to the Gulf Coast League, a seemingly lesser league on talent. They brought him back after 11 games, and he went back to his successful hitting. However, the next year in Columbia, he had a dreadful time, hitting .220/.292/.273 with 17 extra base hits in 107 games.
Ramos is exactly as advertised, an incredible defensive player with great skills and there is no doubt in anyone’s mind. Ramos is blessed with great hands that allow him to handle balls hit to him with ease. With plus speed, Ramos is able to move laterally to most balls making him a vacuum at the position. He even has a plus arm to make him viable at making quick throws that beat most runners to first. He’s the type of guy that usually makes those highlight-reel plays.
As for the bat, that is a different story. Despite plus bat speed, Ramos has a rough swing that doesn’t produce great results. With a few mechanical flaws, it’s hard to give Ramos a great ceiling in terms of hitting for contact. His ability for contact has not been great so far as he hit .220 in 404 plate appearances, and he struck out in nearly 22 percent of them. He’s a pretty aggressive swinger, but was able to get a better eye now.
As for some pop, he’s definitely got a bit if he can get it on the barrel, he could have a little bit more than line drive power, that could land around fringe-average power, which some suggest could be around 15 homers as a ceiling. Whether he gets there is another story.
It’s hard to say what kind of ceiling he’s going to have if he doesn’t hit. If he does learn to hit he could have a ceiling up to Elvis Andrus. If not, he could be a backup infielder or a fantastic defensive replacement.
I had him originally slated for Hi-A St. Lucie, but he will be repeating Columbia.
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