HAROLD RAMIREZ
CENTER FIELDER
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

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

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.

2012
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.

2013
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.

The Pirates will send Ramirez to West Virginia in 2014.  He could be part of an impressive outfield with Barrett Barnes and Austin Meadows, although Meadows was hurt at the start of the season.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2014: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
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
TRANSACTIONS
July 2, 2011: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.