Heliot Ramos was one of several prospects the Giants were going to pay close attention to in the fall Instructional League this year in Arizona. However, Ramos reportedly has been shelved with an oblique injury.
The San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman reported Sunday that Ramos, a 21-year-old outfielder, has been sidelined for the last 10 days after injuring his left oblique. Ramos reportedly injured himself swinging the bat on Oct. 8 and was removed from the game.
The Instructional League began Oct. 6.
Ramos injured the same oblique while making a throw during a spring training game in late February. He then joined the big league team at Summer Camp in San Francisco in July and didn't have any issues with the injury. With the 2020 minor league season canceled, Ramos spent the year at the Giants' alternate camp in Sacramento. Ramos is rehabbing in Arizona, and sources told Schulman he is expected to be fully healthy during spring training next year.
The Giants selected Ramos with the No. 19 pick in the 2017 MLB Draft. He's one of San Francisco's top prospects and reached Double-A in 2019 at only 19 years old. Ramos likely would have started this season in Double-A, but in a normal 162-game MLB season, he very well could have earned his way up to Triple-A or even the big leagues.
While he has the skills to be a five-tool player, the Giants have been most impressed with his maturity at such a young age more than anything else.
"I just thought he grew up so much more," Giants director of player development Kyle Haines said in a phone conversation with NBC Sports Bay Area late last month. "And that sounds silly, but just, in general, he really grew up.
"His pregame routine from spring training and into the alternate site -- I just saw this whole year he’s becoming such a mature man now and not the young boy that we first signed."
Ramos is a natural center fielder who worked out at all three outfield positions this year in Sacramento. He was expected to do the same in Arizona as well. Ramos has hit .277 with 33 home runs over three years in the minor leagues.
While this is a small setback, Ramos still very well could earn a roster spot at some point next season for the Giants.