Farmhand Harold Ramirez elected free agency earlier this month, however, the Toronto Blue Jays may want to make good and re-sign the 24-year old as he continues to hit with authority in the Venezuelan Fall League.
Harold Ramirez made the best of his third consecutive season in Double-A winning the Eastern League batting title with a .320 batting average for the Fisher Cats in 2018. Ramirez rebounded after a disappointing campaign in 2017 where he hit .266 with only six homers in 121 games.
Ramirez and his lumber have continued where they left off playing fall ball for Leones del Caracas. In 25 games, Ramirez is batting .347/.400/.495 with 35 hits including seven doubles, one triple, and two round-trippers in 110 plate appearances.
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The outfielder seems to have finally put it all together and is definitely worthy of a minor league pact with an invite to spring training from the Blue Jays. Ramirez in all likelihood could begin the season in Buffalo and be in line for a call-up if he consistently continues to take professional at-bats.
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The Blue Jays acquired Ramirez from the Pittsburgh Pirates along with Reese McGuire and Francisco Liriano in exchange for pitcher Drew Hutchison at the trade deadline in 2016. Last season marked the 8th professional season for Ramirez and he eclipsed career highs in nearly every offensive category including chipping in 16 stolen bases in 18 attempts.
Defensively, Ramirez can play all three outfield positions including 125 minor league games patrolling centrefield under his belt. There is definitely some upside attached to the prospect who can contribute in many facets of the game. Ramirez is a career .301 hitter in 579 minor league games and that doesn’t happen by accident.
Ramirez is a low risk, high upside commodity that could pay dividends if the Blue Jays young outfielders falter at the major league level in 2019. A worthy asset to keep stashed in Buffalo if Ramirez is willing to re-sign.