Futures Market: Wilson Ramos
Ramos is Baseball America’s #3 ranked prospect in the Twins organization. A Bio & an Exclusive Video that I shot when I attended a minor league game down in Dunedin are the spoils for clicking the “round the bases” link below.
Signed as a free agent out of Venezuela in 2004, Ramos was an under the radar prospect for the Twins up until last season. Last season he didn’t even crack Baseball America’s Top 30 Twins prospects, now he’s ranked #3. Defensivly Ramos projects as a strong backstop, with good mobility behind the plate and a strong arm that threw out 41% of base stealers in 2007, no small feat when considering the developing pick-off moves and deliveries of young A ball pitchers. He projects as more of a line drive hitter in the future. He went through extended spring training in 2007 and played on 73 games in low A Beloit. In that time he hit for a high average, although his BB:K ratio needs work.
He’s gotten off to a slow start in 2008 (stats as of approx May 1st). While BA gives Ramos #3 respect, from what I’ve seen live and can determine from his stat line, Ramos projects as a decent platoon catcher that won’t kill you at the plate. With Mauer’s health a consistant concern, I’d expect Ramos to remain within the Twins system until he’s considered “major league ready”.
Here’s an exclusive video of a Ramos at-bat that I filmed in early April 2008 in a High A game.