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
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.