Don't hang a breaking ball to Giants prospect Heliot Ramos.
Sean Doolittle learned that the hard way Sunday at Goodyear Ballpark. The Giants' No. 3 prospect hammered his first home run of the spring -- a two-run shot -- in his first at-bat of the day.
Ramos, who's just 21 years old, has opened plenty of eyes in his first big league spring training. He just missed throwing a runner out at home plate following his first homer before going deep again in the seventh inning.
The young center fielder now is batting .417 with a 1.333 OPS this spring. He looks to be the total package, and also believes he can contribute in the majors right away.
"I'm ready," Ramos said earlier this week. "I can't wait. I'm going to do everything I can to get there and I feel like I deserve it. I feel like I can play in the big leagues."
This is Ramos' first time in big league camp, although he has had a few at-bats in the past. Ramos never has been shy to show his confidence, an attribute the Giants have to be happy about. But with the minor league season canceled last year and delayed this season, they likely will be cautious with him at the start of the year.
Expect Ramos to begin the season in Double-A Richmond, or possibly Triple-A Sacramento, but that doesn't mean he can't make his way to San Francisco as soon as later this year. He spent 2020 at Summer Camp and the Giants' alternate site in Sacramento, where he impressed many with his maturity just as much as his exciting skill set. Ramos has worked hard over the past two years to work on being more selective at the plate, and the results speak for themselves.
His bat isn't a question at this point. Ramos primarily has played center field in the minor but might be better suited for a corner spot. He's up to 230 pounds, however, it sounds like the Giants will worry about that down the road. Ramos is a superb athlete with a strong arm. He'll find a position, that isn't a concern.
Ramos is a future big leaguer, and that might become a reality in the coming months. On Sunday, he showed exactly why there's a lot of excitement surrounding him in San Francisco.