Heliot has a silent H, so it's pronounced elliot.
In 2017, Ramos' senior year at Leadership Christian Academy in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, he had committed to Florida International University.
Heliot is the younger brother of Red Sox catching prospect Henry Ramos. Another brother, Hector played forward on the Puerto Rican national soccer team. And he is now a pro soccer player in the North American Soccer League.
June 2017: Ramos was the Giants' first round pick (#19 overall), out of Leadership Christian High School in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, at age 17. He signed with scout Junior Roman for $3,101,700.
Ramos was the No. 30 prospect in the Baseball America 500.
"Every single time we'd go see him," Barr said, "whether it be November, January or throughout the spring, he just continued getting better. We do think that he is a five-tool player, and we think he can stay in center field."
July 2018: Ramos represented the Giants in the Futures All-Star game.
In 2018, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Ramos as the #1 prospect in the Giants' organization. He was at #3 a year later, early in 2019. And he stayed at #3 in the spring of 2020 and again in 2021—the third year in a row being #3.
Heliot is a baseball rat. He definitely puts in his work.
March 10, 2019: Norma Ramos used to worry that if she ever saw her sons, Heliot and Henry, play in the Majors, she’d be forced to traverse the contentious battle lines of the Giants-Dodgers rivalry.
“My mom used to say, ‘If you play against each other in the big leagues, what am I going to do when I go to a stadium? Wear a Dodgers jersey one day and a Giants jersey the next?’” Henry recalled in Spanish.
She won’t have to choose sides anymore. Over the winter, Henry left the Dodgers organization to sign a Minor League deal with the Giants, who selected Heliot in the first round of the 2017 Draft, putting the Ramos brothers on the same team for the first time in their lives. The siblings are seven years apart and had never shared an outfield before.
That changed in the sixth inning of the Giants’ game against the Rangers at Scottsdale Stadium. Heliot, who was called up from Minor League camp for the day, entered the game to play center field and was flanked by Henry in right, fulfilling a long-held dream for the Ramos family.
"For me, it’s incredible,” Henry, 26, said. “I’ve seen him grow up, and I’ve always wanted to play alongside him.” “He’s always helped me grow and taught me to play baseball,” Heliot, 19, said. “I learned everything from him. He’s like my dad.”
Henry, a fifth-round pick of the Red Sox in 2010, batted .297 with an .817 OPS, 10 home runs and 58 RBIs in 106 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2018, but he became a Minor League free agent at the end of last season and began looking for opportunities with other clubs. When president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, called, Henry immediately jumped at the chance to join the Giants and compete for an outfield job.
“I was like, ‘Wow. Everything we’ve wanted is here,’” Henry said. “There are opportunities if you work hard. I might be able to help the Major League team, and beyond that, I have [Heliot] here in the same organization. It would be nice if we’re able to play together in the future."
Asked to compare their playing styles, Henry said he shares similar qualities with his younger brother, though he acknowledged that Heliot has the edge when it comes to power. “He’s stronger,” Henry said. “He’s a power hitter. But everything else I’d say is the same. Good defense. We play hard. We have the heart of a warrior, as I like to say.”
Heliot, who is ranked the Giants’ No. 2 prospect by MLB Pipeline, experienced a slow start with Class A Augusta last year, batting just .204 with a .601 OPS and two homers through his first 25 games, but he grew stronger as the season wore on. He finished the season hitting .245 with a .709 OPS and 11 home runs over 124 games and is hoping to begin the 2019 campaign with Class A Advanced San Jose. “I felt way better at the end because I kept learning,” Heliot said. “I hit better my last month.”
Henry, who has spent the last nine seasons in the Minors, said he thought it was good for Heliot to struggle early and learn to push though the hard times. “Every ballplayer is going to slump, so it’s good that he started that way last year, running up against a wall,” Henry said. “That’s how he’ll learn to pick himself back up.” (M Guardado - MLB.com - March 10, 2019)
July 2019: Ramos represented the Giants at the Futures All-Star Game.
2019 Season: Ramos is the Giants’ best prospect behind catcher Joey Bart. At age 19, he nicely handled California League pitchers at San Jose, hitting .306 with 13 homers and 18 doubles in 77 games and was moved up to Double-A Richmond, where he hit .242 in 25 games.
2020 Season: Heliot spent 2020 at the alternate training site and instructional league before an oblique strain ended his season.
March 28, 2021: Heliot was recognized for his breakout performance in Cactus League play, winning the 2021 Barney Nugent Award, which is given to the Giants player who performed the best in their first big league camp. The award is voted on by the club’s coaches, players and training staff and is named after a Giants trainer who worked with the team from 1993 to 2003. (Justice delos Santos - mlb.com - 3/28/2021)
June 2021: Ramos was selected to represent the Giants in the All-Star Futures Game.
MLB Debut (April 10, 2022): Heliot looked calm and ready for the moment. He did not at any point look like a nervous 22-year-old making his long-awaited MLB debut in front of 37,000 fans, and for that, he can in part thank a cold tub.
Ramos has joined Logan Webb and other Giants in embracing the teachings of Harvey Martin, a performance consultant who specializes in helping players control their breathing. This spring, Ramos lowered himself into a tub filled with ice and held his breath. He practiced exhaling, working on ways to control big moments.
When Ramos stepped into the batter's box in the second inning of the 3-2 win over the Marlins, he did what has become normal for him. He took a deep breath and held it, and then released the air.
"I was calm. My heart rate was good," Ramos said. "Everything was perfect."
That pretty much summed up Ramos' first day in the big leagues.
He lined a 107-mph single up the middle with his first swing, picking up his first hit. He showed off his speed a few moments later, scoring the game-tying run from first when Mauricio Dubon yanked a double down the line. The next time up, Ramos roped a single to right.
"I don't think you can draw it up better," manager Gabe Kapler said. "You get a hit in your first at-bat and that creates a little bit of confidence and swagger, and he maintained that swagger throughout. He was on deck late in the game and he was like, 'I kind of expected to be more nervous than that.' That's great."
In the morning, Ramos called the promotion the happiest moment of his life. After contributing two hits and a run to a series-clinching win, he summed up the day as "the best moment of my life." He left it with plenty of souvenirs, too.
Ramos plans to present his mother with the ball from his first hit and the bat he used. The real star, though, was his spikes, a gift from Joc Pederson, who got them last month from Brandon Crawford, the resident Show Shoe expert.
"Thank you!" Ramos told Pederson. "I got flow now, I got swag."
It was on display throughout, and the crowd at Oracle Park certainly seemed to appreciate it. Ramos got loud cheers when he was introduced before the game and a standing ovation when he picked up his first hit. He noticed as the fans in the bleachers stood and showered him with applause and shouts every time he jogged out to left field.
"It felt like I was at home, you know? I wasn't expecting it," Ramos said. "I'm not Crawford, I'm not Pederson. It's super nice to see that the fans like me and want me here." (A Pavlovic - Apr 2022)
|Birth City:||Humacao, P.R.|
|Draft:||Giants #1 - 2017 - Out of high school (Puerto Rico)|
Ramos is going to show up with lots of power here when he fully matures. He has exciting power potential, with exit velocities the really open scouts' eyes. He has already shown the ability to both yank the ball over the left field wall or drive it out with carry to right-center. He grades 55 for his power and has a 50 grade hit tool.
While Ramos hasn't posted huge numbers since leaving High-A, he almost never has been older than the pitchers he has faced and still has some of the best raw power in the system. His bat speed and strength enable him to drive the ball out of the park to all fields, though he won't maximize his pop until he turns on more pitches and adds some loft to his right-handed stroke. He has decent plate discipline but needs to make adjustments to better handle right-handers, who ate him up with sliders in Triple-A. (Spring 2022)
Before 2021, Heliot tended to work mostly toward his pull side, so in the regular season he focused more on going the opposite way. All the ingredients—bat speed, raw power, command of the strike zone—are there for Ramos to be an excellent offensive player once he reaches the big leagues. (Spring, 2022)
Though Ramos doesn't have much loft in his right-handed swing, he has so much bat speed and strength that he can drive the ball out of the park to all fields. He's a power-over-hit guy, though he should produce at least decent batting averages now that he's becoming more disciplined at the plate. While he didn't get any official game action in 2020, he focused on handling off-speed pitches, maintaining patience and sticking to a game plan. (Spring 2021)
Heliot is a thick, stocky outfielder who is built like a fullback and has a mixture of skills that are average or slightly above. Giants officials were pleased with his at-bats at the alternate site, especially with how he adjusted to the way pitchers attacked him.
Ramos was previously vulnerable to sliders down and away, but after last summer he no longer shows a weakness against any single pitch. As long as Ramos maintains that, his quick hands, balance and excellent barrel control should make him at least an average hitter with above-average power. (Josh Norris - Baseball America Prospect Handbook - Spring, 2021)
Ramos' 2018 struggles weren't unexpected, because at age 18 he was the youngest regular in the low Class A South Atlantic League, and he improved last season when he developed more patience and did a better job of using the entire field. There's not a lot of loft in his right-handed swing, but it's so quick and he's so strong that he can drive the ball out of any part of the ballpark. He's equally effective against lefties and righties and could develop into a .270 hitter with 25-plus homers annually at the big league level. (Spring 2020)
Ramos took an advanced approach, stayed balanced in his swing and was rarely fooled. His quick hands and exceptional barrel control allowed him to drive pitches in all parts of the strike zone, with the ball jumping off his bat to all fields. Managers voted him the California League’s best power prospect and most exciting player for 2019. His improved pitch recognition and approach combined with a much better body composition also led to an increase in power.
"There wasn’t, in my opinion, one way you could attack him,” Modesto manager Denny Hocking said in Oct., 2019. "I was just hoping to throw one down the middle and have him hit it at somebody.”
In 2019, Heliot became a much more well-round player.
Giants farm director Kyle Haines pointed to Ramos’ improved “ability to stay disciplined in the box and not get greedy" as a major reason for his success, citing an overall improvement in Ramos' plate discipline.
“He’s playing a fantastic center field,” Haines said. “He’s running the bases much more like a mature veteran, and then when you combine it with his power and his speed, it’s just been nice to see it all come together.” (Steve Kroner - Baseball America - Oct. 2019)
Heliot has power and drives the ball to all fields. He has an advanced feel for hitting and the ability to consistently barrel the ball with plus bat speed. He has a bit of a free-swinging approach and struggles with balls up in the zone but has the aptitude to adjust.
"I think it’s a good swing,” one scout said near the end of the 2018 season. “He drives the ball the other way. He stays in (against righthanders). I think he’s on track.” (Spring, 2019)
He scores a 60 grade for his above-average power that projects to 25 or 30 homers per season. And he has a 50 for his hitting tool.
Ramos' swing is relatively short and he has excellent bat speed.
“I would call him a doubles hitter who can hit it as far as anybody,” Giants farm director Kyle Haines said. “He’s not just a guy swinging straight uphill, trying to hit it as high as he can. He can hit a line-drive missile into right-center just as he is capable of pulling a long home run.”
- Pitchers are able to elevate the ball on Heliot, who chases them for a swing-and-miss. HIs free-swinging tendencies are a bout the only thing the could stall Ramos' career.
Heliot displays a very strong 55 grade arm in the outfield. Ramos’ effortless reads and routes help him play an above-average—also 55 grade center fielder despite his thick frame. He projects to hit enough even if he moves to a corner.
Ramos had plus speed as an amateur but has lost a step as he has begun to fill out and now plays closer to average. Though he has spent almost all of his pro career in center field, his instincts and reduced quickness are better suited for a corner. He could fit well in Oracle Park's expansive right field and has the plus arm strength for the position. (Spring 2022)
Despite a thicker body, it’s hard to find an evaluator who’s totally out on the idea of Ramos playing center field. He’s athletic and surprisingly quick for his size, but he’ll have to work hard to make sure those traits stay intact. If he does have to move to a corner, his bat would easily profile. His above-average arm would fit nicely in right field.
A plus runner when he turned pro, Ramos has slowed as he has matured physically and his speed now grades closer to average. The Giants have used him mostly in center field and believe he has a chance to stay there, though most scouts think his instincts and reduced quickness will fit better on a corner. With his offensive upside and plus arm strength, he profiles well as a right fielder. (Spring 2021)
Ramos’ average speed and good route-running make him playable in center field despite his body type. He’s still better suited for a corner spot, with his above-average arm fitting in right field.
As Ramos has begun to fill out, he has lost some of his previously plus speed and now grades as more of an average runner. Though the Giants deployed him in center field for most of his first three years in pro ball, most scouts think his reduced quickness and his instincts fit better on a corner. He has the arm strength and offensive upside to profile nicely in right field. (Spring 2020)
Both his arm and his overall fielding ability grade a 55.
Ramos is very good in center field and an above-average arm will allow a move to right. (Spring, 2019)
“He’s a good defender in center field. He can throw. He can run,” Giants farm director Kyle Haines said. “He’s a strong, very well put-together athlete. He kind of reminds me a lot of Marcell Ozuna, but maybe a little better plate discipline at this point that he’s shown in High-A.”
Heliot is speedy, and is aggressive on the bases, which goes well with his 50 grade speed, on the 20-80 scouting scale.
April 2019: Ramos was placed on the IL at Class A Advanced San Jose with left knee soreness. Ramos tweaked his knee while taking a swing. He was slated to undergo an MRI to assess the severity of the injury, but Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he had not yet received the results of the exam.
April 28, 2019: Heliot was diagnosed with a left LCL sprain (knee injury) and was sidelined for four to five weeks.
Feb 28, 2020: Ramos suffered a mild oblique strain while making a throw home in the 9-6 victory over the Rockies. No timetable has been set for Ramos’ return, as he will receive treatment before being re-evaluated by team doctors, but the 20-year-old is expected to miss roughly three weeks.
- Oct 2020: Ramos was sidelined early at instructional league because of an injury to his left oblique. The 21-year-old injured the same oblique making a throw in spring training.