Heliot Ramos put on a big power display during his Cactus League audition with the Giants this spring.
Listening to manager Gabe Kapler on KNBR's "Murph and Mac" show Monday, Ramos could be launching homers at Oracle Park as early as this season.
“I think that’s a realistic goal, making his major league debut this year,” Kapler told KNBR. “He needs upper level development. His game is not all the way there yet.”
The 21-year-old outfielder’s power bat is his most attractive tool, as he blasted three homers in two games a couple of weeks ago.
In 32 Cactus League plate appearances, he posted a .387/.406/.710 slash line with six RBI, one walk and eight strikeouts before being re-assigned to minor league camp on Sunday.
Ramos has a chance to begin the year with Triple-A with the Sacramento River Cats, but only has 19 games above the Single-A level for his career, all with Double-A Richmond in 2019.
Kapler said Ramos, the team's top outfield prospect, needs to refine his defensive positioning, throwing and baserunning, among other aspects of his game. The manager said he can see Ramos playing all three outfield positions, so he could become a valuable bat off the bench later this season.
“Sure, the power’s awesome, and he is a great all-around athlete and has a lot of characteristics that at one point will make him a great major leaguer,” Kapler said. “But he’s not there. He needs sharpening from every angle.”