While fellow Giants top prospect Joey Bart is tearing the cover off the ball in the Arizona Fall League, the desert hasn't be quite as kind to Heliot Ramos.
The 20-year-old entered Saturday batting just .158 in nine games with the Scottsdale Scorpions. Ramos has been on the wrong end of some bad luck, though, having several hard hits caught in the AFL. The same happened his first at-bat Friday night in a line drive right at the shortstop, but later in the game, he hit one far enough and hard enough that nobody could catch.
Ramos, the Giants' No. 2 prospect, showed off his impressive opposite-field power with his first homer in the Fall League.
Fresh off his interview with @ProspectsLive, Heliot Ramos drives a 3-run homer to right field! Good karma, I say! Love how @HeliotRamos covers this Alex Lange breaker away—that’s that all fields approach I was talking about in BP 💪⚡️@SFGiants pic.twitter.com/HLEe1TJQ1W— Jacob Zweiback (@TheReelJZ) October 5, 2019
For a prospect as young as Ramos -- he was 19 years old the whole 2019 season -- the center fielder has advanced power to the opposite field. Of his 13 homers in Class A Advanced San Jose this season, eight were to center or right field, via BaseballSavant.
As far as Ramos' tough luck goes, he's sticking with his plan despite some underwhelming stats.
"It's been kind of tough, but I feel like I've been doing a pretty good job," Ramos said to MLB.com's Jim Callis. "... Can't do nothing about it if you hit the ball hard and they caught it."
Ramos does have 10 strikeouts to only one walk so far. He says he's recognizing pitches better, however, and that has been a big emphasis of his game the past two offseasons.
Though the numbers aren't encouraging on paper, the AFL is all about more development for Ramos. He's on the fast track to the big leagues and has all the tools to be a future star. Right now, he just needs to focus on fine-tuning his raw skills.