There’s been so much hype this past year surrounding the likes of Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette, Anthony Alford, Danny Jansen, and Rowdy Tellez, that Harold Ramirez has almost become an afterthought when it comes to Blue Jays prospects.
Prior to being traded to the Blue Jays, Ramirez hit .304 in 337 games while in the Pirates farm system. Since coming to the Blue Jays however, Ramirez has struggled to build off the strong play he exhibited in the Pirates organization.
Despite an off-year with Double A New Hampshire in 2017, what can’t be forgotten, is that during the year before coming to the Blue Jays, Ramirez hit for a .337 AVG as a 20-year old while playing in Advanced A. Until Ramirez proves he can get back to being the stand-out contact hitter he was in 2015/2016, he’ll continue to be overshadowed and overtaken by other Blue Jay prospects. That isn’t to say the Blue Jays should give up on him yet, but if he ever hopes to have a real shot of making this ball club, he needs to start displaying the sort of play that led to him being ranked as the Pirates 6th best prospect.
More so than any other position, there should be some opportunities in the Blue Jays outfield over the next few years. Toronto isn’t short on prospect talent when it comes to infielders or catchers, their outfield however is a different story altogether. Especially when you consider that Alford is the only can’t miss outfielder in the Blue Jays farm system.
With one full season under his belt since being traded to the Blue Jays, the time is now for Ramirez to continue building on all that great momentum he had going for himself in 2015/2016. We’ve seen how quickly a prospect can be overtaken by other players just by looking at what’s happened to Dalton Pompey. At the beginning of the 2015 season, Pompey was pegged as Toronto’s centerfielder of the future. Here we are three years later and Pompey has failed to make it back to the big leagues as a regular, and has been surpassed by both Alford and Teoscar Hernandez when it comes to Toronto’s best minor league outfielders.
After the mediocre season he had in 2017, Ramirez not only fell-off Toronto’s top 30 prospects list, but also lost his place on the Blue Jays 40-man roster. Ramirez now finds himself in a very similar boat to Pompey, and the only way out of it will be to get back to being the player he was when he was a Top 100 prospect and a player who hit .300 with ease.