Ratliff was the hitting coach for the Kingsport Mets last season, a team that hit .269 overall
Ratliff was drafted by the the New York Mets in the 4th round of the 2008 MLB Draft out of Stanford University. After signing, Ratliff was immediately sent to Brooklyn, where he would appear in 59 games for the Cyclones. He hit .229 on the season with an OBP of .300. He hit 7 HRs with 22 RBIs, to go along with 9 doubles and a triple.
The following season, Ratliff was promoted to Low-A Savannah and would work his way up the ladder to High-A St. Lucie and making it as high as Double-A Binghamton.
However, Ratliff’s career derailed following Spring Training 2011. During a Triple-A Buffalo Bisons game, a foul ball hit off the bat of Zach Lutz, whacking Ratliffm who was standing in the on-deck circle, smack in the face.
The accident broke six bones and almost fully detached Ratliff’s retina. Ratliff would eventually regain enough sight in his eye and be able to get by using a corrective contact lens.
In 2012, Ratliff returned to the field with the St. Lucie Mets, but had to call it a career following 7 games, due to issues hitting.
For his minor league career, Ratliff hit .271 with 43 homers, 176 RBIs, 75 doubles, 11 triples
Ratliff becomes the 3rd Brooklyn Cyclone to later coach the team, joining Bobby Malek and Yunir Garcia.