Mack - 2015 Prospect List - #21 – IF – Milton Ramos


My rankings is solely subjective and based on nothing more than what is in my head at time I’m writing this. I’ve followed the Mets minor league players for many years and I feel I can recognize talent at various levels of their development. What I have failed at is how to determine when this talent seems to diminish. It’s amazing how many first round picks never make it in this game.

I’m old school, so you won’t seem much SABR-discussion here, I do research and, when I find a good quote or two, I’ll add them to my analysis, but, like I said in the beginning of this post, most of this us subjective.

Let’s get started

#21 – IF Milton Ramos – 19-years old – 5-11, 158, R/R – American Heritage HS (FL)
            3rd round pick in the 2014 draft (#84)

            2014 – 166-AB, .241/.299/.355/654, 0-HR, 29-RBI, 34-SO

Baseball America had him at the 48th top player to come out of the draft… MLB had him at #46.

From BA: No. 48 Milton Ramos, ss, American Heritage HS, Hialeah Gardens, Fla. - Ramos is the premier defensive shortstop in a class that’s short on true up-the-middle profiles. He has plus speed, has drawn comparisons to Alcides Escobar and is committed to Florida International.

Last year in HS stats - .424/.500/.727 over 78 PA, 2 doubles, 3 triples, 4 homers, 19 runs, 21 RBI, 8 walks, 14 Ks, 11 SB, 2 CS, 5 errors

Clint Longenecker @Clint_BA · - NYM draft SS Milton Ramos, the best defensive SS in the HS class. Magical hands, plus run, + body control. natural feel for the position

Opinion –

Milton Ramos may be a very special player and could easily turn out to be the most talented shortstop in the Mets organization. This was a stroke of genius on draft day, who shouldn’t have been around when the 84th pick came up. He was easily one of the top 50 ballplayers available for the draft that year.


Is Ramos going to be another in a serious of excellent defensive Mets shortstop prospects who get their bats knocked out of their hands by quality pitching?

Much too early to tell or worry about. He’ll play 2015 as a 19-year old and his ceiling would be Kingsport. 


Stephen Guilbert said...

I like Ramos a LOT. He has one of the best gloves anywhere in the minors and his bat is not as bad as some people say. He has a surprisingly smooth swing. If a coach can tame his leg kick, make him a patient and selective hitter, this is a Lindor 2.0. However, he has a lot of work to do offensively before that happens.

I would love to see a Ramos vs. Guillorme vs. Rosario defense battle in the minor league ST fields this spring. Now that would be something to watch.

Mack Ade said...

Stephen -

CThat happened last year in camp on the field right by the minor league complex.

5 people were standing there when one slick play after another took place...

there was around 100 people there (including Mets coaches) when they were done.

Thomas Brennan said...

I see he is listed at 5'11", 158, but given his age last year, I am curious how much he'll fill out, which could help the bat. Jose Reyes filled out a good bit as he got older and added pop.

Heck, maybe he'll even grow an inch or 2. Most guys are done height-wise by 18, but a few aren't.

Glad to see you are that effusive on the Ramos pick. Maybe he'll overtake Rosario as the SS of the future. Nice 3 way race for the 3 youngsters including Guillorme. Cecchini is an old man by comparison!

Stephen Guilbert said...

Mack--That sounds like one hell of a day for those three youngsters and everyone who got to see them. Wish I could have seen that.

Thomas-- Rosario is definitely atop the SS depth chart. I am as bullish on Rosario as anyone in the system. The range for Ramos is so huge right now. His floor is probably Tovar. His ceiling is Lindor. Where he lands between those two falls solely on how well his bat advances. It's tough to even call him a top prospect yet because he just doesn't hit a lick at this point. The glove will get him to the big leagues, though.

He's a great prospect to have in the system and a real nice 3rd round pick last year. Most had him going higher--potentially even the back end of the first round.

Stephen Guilbert said...

I think where Mack has him right outside the top 20 is right where he should be.

Thomas Brennan said...

Cool. Thanks, Stephen

greg b said...

Hopefully Mets will have a pleasant problem of having to many SS in the upper levels

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