Born: September 6, 1994
Height: 5′ 11″
Weight: 175
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Signed: Int. FA, Pittsburgh Pirates, 2011
How Acquired: Int. FA
Country: Colombia
Agent: N/A


The Pirates gave Ramirez, at age 16, the second highest bonus they’ve given to a Latin American prospect, after Luis Heredia.  He has a broad frame and thick legs, but nevertheless has outstanding speed.  He also has the potential to have a very good bat, and could stay in center, although his arm is fringy.

R:  259/310/333, 135 AB, 5 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 6 BB, 20 K, 9-14 SB

The Pirates sent both Ramirez and Elvis Escobar, their other top international signing from 2011, straight to the GCL, which is a challenging assignment for a 17-year-old.  Ramirez missed the first month with a leg infection.  Once he was able to play he got off to a good start, but he slumped in August, batting .197 with one walk and 11 Ks.  He had a very low walk rate on the season, but his K rate wasn’t bad.  He split his time between left and right, with Escobar in center.

A-:  285/354/409, 274 AB, 11 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 23 BB, 52 K, 23-34 SB

Ramirez took a step forward in the New York-Penn League.  In fact, he was one of the league’s top hitters until an August slump (209/294/319) dropped his numbers.  Ramirez hit for decent power and showed more patience than he had the previous year.  He takes a big swing, though, and some scouts question how well he’ll hit more advanced pitching.  He stole a lot of bases, but not with a good percentage of success.  Ramirez saw significant time at all three outfield positions, most often in center.  He struggled with LHPs for some reason, posting only a .672 OPS against them.  Of course, all of this has to be considered in light of the fact that he played the season at age 18.  Probably in part due to him succeeding as one of the NYPL’s youngest players, Baseball America named him the league’s top prospect.

A:  309/364/402, 204 AB, 14 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 11 BB, 35 K, 12-15 SB

Ramirez became part of West Virginia’s outfield wipeout when, in the fourth game of the year, he injured a hamstring running to first just two plays after Barrett Barnes had done the exact same thing.  Austin Meadows had already suffered a hamstring injury in spring training.  Ramirez returned a week into May and played until the beginning of July, when he went out for the rest of the year with shin splints.  When he was able to play, he put up largely the same numbers he had the previous year, which is a good showing for a 19-year-old in full season ball.  In the field, Ramirez divided his time between center and right.

The Pirates planned to send Ramirez to Bradenton along with the the rest of the would-be 2014 West Virginia outfield, i.e., Meadows and Barnes.  They held Ramirez out of game action through most of spring training, though, due to dissatisfaction with his conditioning.  He remained in extended spring training at the start of the season, but was expected to report to the Marauders once he was ready.

Baseball Reference–Minors
2015: Minor League Contract
Signing Bonus: $1,050,000
MiLB Debut: 2012
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2019
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2017
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
July 2, 2011: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.