Giants No. 2 prospect Heliot Ramos continues to exceed expectations this season. His latest act might have been his best yet Tuesday night.
On the first pitch of the ninth inning, Ramos hammered a hanging curveball and launched a walk-off home run over the right-center field wall to give the San Jose Giants a 5-4 win against the Lake Elsinore Storm.
Walk it off, Heliot. #SFGiants No. 2 prospect Heliot Ramos delivered the game-winner for @SJGiants, his 13th homer of the season.— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) July 31, 2019
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Ramos was 0-for-4 at the time, but one swing was all that mattered. The 19-year-old now has 13 homers this season, two more than he had all of last year in 53 fewer games.
Through 71 games in Class A Advanced San Jose, Ramos is batting .309 with 30 extra-base hits and a .901 OPS. He leads the Giants in homers, runs (49) and on-base percentage (.387).
San Jose is led by the Giants' top two prospects in catcher Joey Bart and Ramos. They are a huge reason why the Giants have jumped from No. 28 to No. 15 in Baseball America's rankings of farm systems. While Ramos might be the Giants' most impressive prospect this year, Bart has caught fire recently.
Bart was named the California League Offensive Player of the Week on Sunday after hitting .381 with three homers over five games from July 22-28. The Giants' 2018 first-round pick is enjoying his best month of the season, batting .301 with six long balls in July.
The combination of Bart and Ramos give the Giants two foundational prospects to build around in the future. And Ramos' heroics were just the latest example.
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