Harold Ramirez

Position: LF
Level: Double-A
Affiliate: New Hampshire Fisher Cats
League: Eastern League
Born: 09/06/1994 (Age: 27)
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 220
B/T: Right / Right
Acquired: Signed as international free agent (J2), July 2, 2011 (PIT); Acquired in trade for D. Hutchinson, 8/1/16 (TOR)

Prospect Spotlight

Acquired by the Jays along with Reese McGuire as part of the deal that sent Drew Hutchinson to the Bucs on August 1, 2016, Ramirez is physically is reminiscent of Wellington Castillo (C, Orioles), with a compact, low-waisted frame with big legs and thighs, and he’s a player who is going to have to monitor his conditioning and body to stay healthy for full seasons.

At the plate, he has a line-drive oriented approach and limited loft and leverage to his swing, which adds up to both below-average power potential and a below-average hit tool. He’s hit just seven home runs at the Double-A level and is currently slashing .224/.267/.378 in his second season at the level. He’s a gap-to-gap hitter who hits from a wide base and a short unload with an upright bat. He is slow to get the swing started and the bat speed isn’t anything special, and doesn’t get the barrel out front well, making him more of a middle- and away-type hitter. He’s a dead-red hitter and his low on-base percentage and below-average plate discipline are preventing him from working deep into counts and getting the OBP to a respectable level, and at this stage of his career there’s no sign that his approach is going to change. He is presently a below-average runner whose speed plays better underway, but he’s still shy of a 50-grade run tool, potential potentially as a result of past leg issues and injuries.

Defensively, his fringe-average arm is best suited for left field, and it lacks the strength and accuracy to be able to hold down the other corner-outfield spot. He displays average fielding actions and will make the plays on those that he can get to, but the range is fringy at best. Without a standout carrying tool to strengthen the profile as a major league player, Ramirez will be Role 30 player who tops out at the Triple-A level.