Having just wrapped his fourth year with the Arizona Diamondbacks, third base/first base prospect Eudy Ramos reached full-season ball for the first time in 2017, spending the second half of the year with Low-A Kane County in the Midwest League. Between there and short-season Hillsboro in the summer’s first half, Ramos had a foundational year in his age-21 season (DOB: February 19, 1996), and it sets him up as an intriguing corner infielder with abundant raw power and an outside shot at becoming a viable future piece in Phoenix if things fall into place over the next few years.
Over 70 games (297 at-bats) across both levels in 2017, Eudy Ramos slashed .276/.314/.370/.685 with five home runs, eleven doubles, 17 walks, and 70 strikeouts. Though the majority of his success came with Hillsboro in the Northwest League — where he was named a mid-season All-Star before his promotion to Low-A — Ramos did cut his strikeout rate once he got to Kane County in the second half, an encouraging sign considering his tools. Below, we have a full Eudy Ramos scouting report based on our looks at the Arizona Diamondbacks corner infield prospect over the summer, including game video, tool grades, projections, and more.
Eudy Ramos Scouting Report, Arizona Diamondbacks — 2017
Dates observed in 2017: July 31 – August 2
Eudy Ramos Scouting Report, Arizona Diamondbacks — 2017 Game Video
Eudy Ramos Scouting Report — Notes & Analysis
The clock is ticking for Eudy Ramos, considering he’s already spent four professional years with the Arizona Diamondbacks and he’ll be 22 years old ahead of spring training in 2018 without having had any sustained time (or success) yet in full-season ball. His physical profile and raw power stand out above everything else, and that’ll keep Ramos employed for the next few years with the Diamondbacks or elsewhere, but other tools need to drastically improve for him to find full-season success, especially at the plate. A popular player with fans, Ramos is very well-liked and well-spoken of by teammates and coaches, and that goes to his credit. However, there’s a lot to work on here for a player that will be carried along by his impressive raw power potential, and very little else that’s projectable.
A disappointing showing at Low-A Kane County during 2017’s second half tempers some optimism on Ramos, and he must quickly prove his bat can develop enough overall to keep pitchers honest around his abundant power as he moves up levels. With the glove, he’ll need to find a full-time home in the field and seems destined for more reps at first base than third considering his big, thick build and lack of standout tools at the hot corner. That’s not to say it’s all bad for Ramos, though; he dominated short-season ball while age-appropriate in the Northwest League this year, and should he do the same in Kane County next summer, it’ll open a (narrow) path forward as a power-hitting corner infield platoon option.
Eudy Ramos Scouting Report — Future Projection
First and foremost, Eudy Ramos must prove to the Arizona Diamondbacks that he can succeed against Low-A pitching at Kane County in 2018, in what will be his fifth professional season and his age-22 year; any significant setbacks from here will really alter the infielder’s timeline and push him towards organizational depth more than fringy prospect status. I’m not bullish on his pitch recognition, strike zone discipline, and approach at the plate improving markedly against better pitching, and for me, his hit tool will always be a concern. To that end, it’ll be more imperative than ever for Ramos to leverage his swing and produce more power to provide value to balance four other below-average tools.
A single carrying tool is a risk, of course, and it’s possible Eudy Ramos falls back into organizational depth, whether in 2018 or over the next few years. His power profile is exceptional, though, and it can’t be discounted entirely as he learns to better and more consistently use it. The sum total of those two outcomes leaves Ramos a likely platoon/utility corner infielder with the Arizona Diamondbacks at his ceiling, with a more legitimate future as a bench/up-and-down guy seeing limited big league action. In a way similar to Colorado Rockies outfielder Daniel Jipping, power will carry Eudy Ramos as far as he’ll ultimately go — but in this case, Ramos won’t make nearly as much of an impact on the Arizona Diamondbacks if his other tools don’t continue to develop, too.
Overall Future Potential (Future Value): Platoon/utility corner infield ceiling with more likely bench floor aided by plus raw power; will become organizational depth if unable to improve hit tool, defensive value (40/42.5)
MLB ETA: 2021
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