Laureano was born in the Dominican Republic. But he moved to the United States to attend Northeast Oklahoma A&M College. Laureano dominated the junior college level his sophomore season hitting .429 with 13 HR, 69 RBI and more walks than strikeouts. This production was enough for the Astros to take Laureano in the 16th round of the draft.
Ramon has a really good work ethic. And he has a sharp baseball intellect and a desire to learn and improve.
“His makeup and focus are off the charts,” farm director Keith Lieppman said. “He’s tremendously involved in the day-to-day of his game. He’s intense in the game and proactive prior to the game.”
In 2017, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Laureano as the 13th-best prospect in the Astros' organization. But in 2018, he fell to #29.
- June 2014: The Astros chose Ramon in the 16th round, out of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College. He signed with the Astros via scout Jim Stevenson.
- Nov. 20, 2017: The Astros traded OF Ramon Laureano to Oakland in return for RHP Brandon Bailey.
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|Draft:||Astros #16 - 2014 - Out of Northeastern Okla. A&M JC|
Laureano has a shot at becoming a five-tool player.
He has a mature, all-fields approach at the plate. He lacks even fringe-average home run power, but his willingness to go the other way, along with pulling the ball and his speed, mean he hits lots of doubles. And 50 grade power is on the way to go with a 60 hit tool. (Spring, 2017)
Making contact can be problematic for Ramon. Given his well-below-average power, his strikeout rate of 21% is too high. (Spring 2018)
Ramon is very quick to the ball, with excellent bat speed and a compact righthanded stroke. He improved his pitch selection in 2016.
Laureano has a quiet setup at bat and a simple righthanded line-drive swing.
In 2018, Laureano was named MLB Pipeline Hitting Prospect of the Year for the A's.
June 4, 2019: Pitchers were getting Laureano to bite on sliders early on in the season, which frustrated him because it was a problem he actually recognized in Spring Training. He began to make some adjustments to minimize his body movement at the plate in spring, and after sticking to the process, those have been paying off for him.
“I think everything was going the wrong way,” Laureano said. “My mechanics were going the wrong way. But I made changes and I’ve been myself. I’m laying off those sliders early and late in the count.”
“It’s all about just trusting my instincts,” Laureano said of his recent success. “See and hit the ball, instead of just guessing what pitch is coming. That’s it.”
- July 23, 2019: A's manager Bob Melvin, sensing Ramón Laureano may not take enough time, if any, to enjoy his American League Player of the Week Award, implored his outfielder to spend at least one minute soaking in the honor. So that's what Laureano did. One minute. No more, no less.
"I enjoyed it for one minute because Bob told me to," Laureano said, with a small grin. "But we keep moving on. This is a new series, very important, and we have to get that ‘W’ at the end."
But that doesn't mean there wasn't time to acknowledge a fantastic week-long performance by a key A's player, whose bat is partly responsible for the nice run Oakland has been on of late.
Laureano hit.542 (13-for-24) with 10 runs, six doubles, two homers and two RBIs over six games during the award-winning week. He had a .577 on-base percentage and a 1.042 slugging mark, reaching base in all six games and collecting multiple hits in five of them.
Ramon can play all three outfield positions. He is above-average defensively. And he has a strong 60 grade arm from right field. Ramon possesses a plus arm and racked up 16 assists in right field in 2017. But Laureano profiles best in center. (Spring 2018)
Laureano is a scrappy player who gets involved in everything in the field. He specializes in highlight video catches. Ramon plays all outfield positions and earns plus grades for his defense, speed and arm. He has shown great accuracy with his throws and excellent instincts. He also showed leadership during his time in the minors.
In 2018, Laureano batted a nifty .288/.358/.474 for the A's, but it was his defense that raised eyebrows the most. In only 48 games, he was worth plus-4 Defensive Runs Saved and, according to Statcast, plus-3 Outs Above Average. A couple of plays in particular stood out.
On September 11 at Baltimore, Laureano preserved a one-run lead in the eighth inning by using a sensational jump to cover 62 feet in only 3.5 seconds for a diving, five-star grab. And on Aug. 11 in Anaheim, he made one of the most memorable plays of the season by racing almost 80 feet into the gap to pick off a deep fly ball, then turning and firing a 321-foot, 92 mph strike back to first base for a double play. It was the longest tracked throw of 2018 that resulted in an out. (Andrew Simon- MLB.com- Dec. 27, 2018)
- April 1, 2019: Laureano showed off his magnificent arm again in the A’s 7-0 win over the Red Sox in Oakland. With the game still scoreless in the top of the second inning, Mitch Moreland stroked a one-out single to center with Xander Bogaerts on second base. Bogaerts is pretty fast, and all but the slowest runners in the league would expect to score from second on a single to the outfield.
Alas! It’s Ramon Laureano!
Statcast measured Laureano’s throw at 96 mph. It traveled 270 feet in the air, directly into catcher Nick Hundley’s glove, just in time for Hundley to put a sweep tag on the sliding Bogaerts. (Ted Berg)
Ramon has 60 speed. He is an aggressive runner, too. So he hinders the opposition when he beats out an infield hit and then steals second base.
Ramon's speed and advanced instincts helped him steal 67 bases in 88 attempts in the combined 2016 and 2017 High-A and Double-A seasons. (Spring 2018)
July 25-September 23, 2014: Laureano was on the DL. with a finger injury.
March-May 21, 2018: Ramon was on the Nashville Sounds DL with a broken finger.
July 31, 2019: Ramón Laureano was held out of the A’s lineup as he underwent an MRI to check out the soreness in his right shin, and the results came back showing a stress reaction that will land him on the 10-day injured list. The A’s have not made the move to the IL official, but A’s manager Bob Melvin indicated that Laureano will require longer than the 10 days to recover from the injury.
“We’re going to have to shut him down for a period of time,” Melvin said. “There’s no timeline, but he’s not going to be back in 10 days.”
The soreness is something Melvin said Laureano has been dealing with periodically for a while now.
July 28, 2019: Ramon was on the IL with Right lower leg stress reaction..