Down on the Farm: Giants' first-round pick reminds manager of Cespedes

Down on the Farm: Giants' first-round pick reminds manager of Cespedes

When Heliot Ramos, the Giants' first-round pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, turned a pitch that came in at 82 miles per hour into a 437-foot shot with an exit velocity of 110 miles per hour on July 20, Hector Borg instantly saw another slugger with tantalizing raw power. 

"That homer reminded me of [Yoenis] Cespedes," said Borg, who manages Ramos in the Arizona Rookie League, to William Boor of "I remember, I was coaching third base for the Toros [del Este], Cespedes played for Aguilas [Cibaenas] and I remember, Cespedes, he hit it over the [back wall] in left field in Santiago.

"And when I saw Heliot hit that ball, right away I went, 'Man that reminds me of Cespedes' homer in the Dominican.'"

Ramos doesn't turn 18 years old until Sept. 7, but is already showing his immense potential that brings Cespedes comparisons. Through his first 21 games of pro ball, Ramos is slashing .374/.412/.670 with three home runs and 16 RBI. He just snapped a 16-game hitting streak on Tuesday. 

Amongst the rest of the Arizona Rookie League, Ramos ranks third in batting average, fifth in hits (34), tied for second in triples (5), third in slugging percentage, and ninth in on-base percentage, through Aug. 1.

Ramos, ranked as the Giants' No. 4 prospect by Baseball America and MLB Pipeline, is taller than Cespedes at 6-foot-2 and leaner at 185 pounds. The teenager still has room to grow and the natural strength clearly sticks out to Borg as a Cespedes-type player down the road. 

"They have the same type of body, strong body, same type of player," Borg said. "I know Cespedes is more of a free swinger. I believe Heliot can be more solid, but when you hit a 400-plus homer like that at 17 years old, there's something special there."

Not only does Ramos remind his manager of the All-Star slugger, Borg has dubbed Ramos as the best Puerto Rican player the Giants have had in the past 15 years, ever since the coach joined the organization. 

"I believe Heliot Ramos is the best Puerto Rican player that we have had in the last 15 years in the United States," Borg said. "I've been in this organization 15 years total as a player, coach, manager and I don't even hesitate to say that, I've been in the organization long enough."

Duffy family cat, Skeeter, passes away at 15

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Duffy family cat, Skeeter, passes away at 15

We have some sad news to report.

Skeeter, the lovable four-legged member of Matt Duffy's family, passed away in Long Beach on Saturday night. He was 15 years old.

Duffy made the news public with an Instagram post on Sunday evening.

"Even when it's expected, losing a member of the family is never easy. Sometimes you'd forget this little guy was even a cat. After 15 awesome years, last night we had to say goodbye to Skeeter boy. Thank you for all the love and support that Skeets has gotten over the past couple of years. Our furry little light has gone dark," Duffy wrote.

Skeeter, slightly overweight for his size, stole the hearts of Giants fans after Duffy made his debut with the Giants in August of 2014.

When Duffy was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays at the 2016 trade deadline, Skeeter remained in California with Duffy's parents.

Evans on Stanton trade talk: 'If they didn't think there was a good chance...'


Evans on Stanton trade talk: 'If they didn't think there was a good chance...'

The Giants are looking to land the biggest fish of them all in a home-run-hitting sea.

San Francisco reportedly proposed a trade offer with the Marlins for Giancarlo Stanton. On Sunday, GM Bobby Evans opened up on the possibility of a deal getting done.

"The Marlins made it clear that when you get close to a deal, then they'll approach the player," Evans said on MLB Network Radio. "I don't think they would be talking to us if they didn't think there was a good chance something like that could get approved. But, they haven't given us an answer relative to that yet. Certainly, we're very early in the process."

While reports surfaced Friday of the Giants make an offer to the Marlins, details have not yet become clear. And it sounds like Evans is still looking for an answer as to what Miami's front office is looking for. 

"We don't have any indication at this point from the Marlins as to what their expectations are," Evans says. 

Complicating matters is Stanton's monster of a contract. Stanton is guaranteed $295 million over the next 10 seasons. His contract includes a full no-trade clause and an opt-out after 2020. 

"With a move like that, I think that the process typically when we're dealing with Miami or any other club, a guy with a no-trade, you don't really get any clarity on that until you get closer to a deal," Evans said. 

The Giants are trying to turn the clock to 25 years ago in 1992 when in the offseason, Barry Bonds won the National League MVP with the Pirates and then joined the Giants as a free agent. Matters are a bit different as the Giants would acquire Stanton via trade, but the 28-year-old just won the NL MVP after hitting league-leading 59 home runs.