Heliot Ramos has been one of the biggest stories in camp for the Giants, but the excitement isn't limited to Scottsdale Stadium.
When Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow have gotten together this spring to call games from the NBC Sports Bay Area studio, they've gotten fired up for Ramos' at-bats, too, whether they came as a starter or pinch-hitter. On Thursday's episode of the "Giants Talk" podcast, Kuiper said there's a reason why he's always so excited to see Ramos walk up to the plate.
"You know better than I do the history that the Giants have of producing outfielders in this organization, and it's not very good," Kuiper said. "Not only is he young, but he's got power, and if he can stay right at his weight now, then he still has a chance to play center field, and I think he can pull it off.
"Is it more likely he's a corner outfielder? Yeah, probably, but you can't deny the fact that if he can play center and play it well, it just adds to what you can put out there for your corner outfielders. You're not reading wrong into how I feel about him. I wish he could play a little bit more."
Ramos has gotten 33 at-bats this spring and has 14 hits, including three homers. Those came earlier in camp when he was seeing more time, and in recent days the Giants have stretched out their starters. After Mike Yastrzemski got three at-bats and homered Wednesday, Ramos entered in right field and doubled in his lone at-bat.
Ramos will start the season in the minors, but with the way he has hit this spring, he might be up at Oracle Park and playing in front of Kruk and Kuip a little earlier than expected.
"Obviously we're, overall, really excited about how Ramos has played," president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said on a Zoom call Thursday. "Working a full count last night and then going the other way with that base hit -- examples of that kind of contact has been really exciting."
Bay Area fans might finally have a chance to watch in person in a couple weeks. The Giants expect to send many optioned and reassigned players to their alternate site in Sacramento at the start of April, including some top prospects who might then return to Arizona closer to the start of the minor league season.
The Sacramento River Cats announced Thursday that a limited number of fans will be allowed at alternate site scrimmages that they'll be holding against the A's alternate site team.