Harold Ramirez chose to become a free agent this off-season instead of remaining buried in the Blue Jays farm system. As was to be expected with a hitter as talented as Ramirez, he signed with the Marlins yesterday.
Considering how weak the Blue Jays outfield currently is, if Ramirez turns out to be a solid big leaguer, Toronto’s front office will have some explaining to do.
So what was it about Ramirez anyway that the Blue Jays didn’t like?
After acquiring the Venezuelan outfielder back in 2016, Toronto kept him in Double A New Hampshire for his entire stay with the Blue Jays organization. This despite winning the Eastern League batting title this season. If it was his mediocre defense the Blue Jays were concerned about, that excuse just wouldn’t fly because Toronto has some very poor defenders ahead of him on the organizational depth chart. Most notably Teoscar Hernandez.
The argument that Ramirez is a one dimensional player who only hits for AVG isn’t completely accurate either. Especially after coming off a year where he hit 11 HR with the Fisher Cats. And then followed that up with four more, along with a slash line of .364/.438/.536 in 38 games of the Venezuelan Winter League. Where he also happens to be leading the league in AVG. There has to be something else at play here that the public simply isn’t aware of. Otherwise Ramirez, arguably the best hitting outfielder in the entire Blue Jays organization certainly would have progressed passed Double A by now.
I’m not sure we’ll ever know exactly why the Blue Jays were so down on Ramirez. But now that he’s with another ball club, it won’t take long to see just how good he can be and whether he could have helped Toronto’s abysmal offense.