This is just one of those depth signings the Dodgers are wont to do. And why not, right? It worked well for us this past season, and I think it's fair to say that if not for the foresight of the front office to pack the minors with a bunch of maybes we probably wouldn't have made the playoffs. That's not to say that this newest addition to the Dodgers farm is destined to have the same impact as an Andrew Toles, but this kid certainly has a lot of promise.
Per a tweet by Chris Cotillo of SBNation, we find out that the Dodgers have signed minor league free agent Henry Ramos:
Exact details of the signing are scarce at the moment, so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, here is what we know about him.Dodgers sign OF Henry Ramos to minor-league deal, source tells SBN.— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) November 28, 2016
Henry Ramos was the Boston Red Sox 5th Round pick in the 2010 amateur draft. He was drafted out of Alfonso Casta Martinez High School in Puerto Rico. A switch-hitter, Ramos roamed the outfield during seven minor league season for Boston. After toiling in the low minors his first six years as a pro, he finally reached Triple-A Pawtucket in 2016; slashing .247/.285/.400/.685 in 57 games. During that time he recorded five home runs, three doubles, eight doubles, 29 RBI's and four steals.
Jim Callis at MLB.com wrote this about him in 2014, after having been left off their 40-man roster:
When Boston signed Ramos as a fifth-round pick in 2010, it knew he would need time to develop. He didn't face much pro-caliber pitching as a Puerto Rico high schooler, and he devoted significant time to playing on the commonwealth's junior national soccer and tennis teams.On his call-up to Pawtucket in June 2016 Sox Prospects.com said this:
Nevertheless, Ramos has the tools to eventually become a big league regular or a valuable fourth outfielder. He's a switch-hitter who continues to improve his approach and his power from both sides of the plate, and he's on track to become a .275 hitter with 15 homers and a fair amount of walks on an annual basis. A good athlete with average speed and solid arm strength, he fits best in right field but is capable of manning all three outfield positions.
Ramos, who is 32nd in the SoxProspects.com rankings, was in the midst of his third season in Double-A Portland. The 24-year-old was performing well for the Sea Dogs, slashing .281/.333/.406 through 42 games and had been even better of late, hitting .304 in May.Let's hope he stays healthy and forces his way to Los Angeles.
A former fifth-round pick in 2010, Ramos's career has stalled a bit in recent seasons. He got off to a great start with Portland in his first taste of Double-A in 2014, hitting .326/.368/.431 in 48 games, but has dealt with a slew of injuries since then. Ramos suffered a season-ending stress fracture in his left tibia in 2014 and then played only 48 games between knee injuries last season. That knee again bothered Ramos earlier this season, but he has been able to stay on the field and produce this year.
When healthy, Ramos brings a well-rounded skill set to the table. He has an athletic 6-foot-2 frame and has roughly average tools across the board. Ramos has spent a nearly equal amount of time in center and right field in his minor league career, but due to his merely average speed, he profiles best as a right fielder in the long term.
In celebration of Ramos' signing with Los Angeles I made the above fantasy card for him. I used a photograph grabbed from mlb.com and the 1953 Topps Baseball card design.
Check out his career stats via Baseball-Reference below:
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