Last month, Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi and manager Gabe Kapler were asked which Giants prospects they were most looking forward to seeing at Spring Training this year.
Zaidi and Kapler both mentioned Heliot Ramos, a 21-year-old outfielder who was the club’s first-round Draft pick in 2017 out of Puerto Rico. Ramos, who is ranked No. 82 on MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 Prospects list, reached Double-A Richmond as a teenager in '19, but his path to the big leagues stalled when the Minor League season was cancelled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic last year.
"He was probably among our top prospects as hurt as anyone by the lost season because he was on a path to potentially playing in the big leagues in 2020," Zaidi tellingly said. "I just know he's motivated and how highly we all think of him from an organizational standpoint. It's going to be fun to see him out there."
After spending last summer at the Giants’ alternate training site in Sacramento, Ramos is now navigating his first big league camp and is eager to show that he’ll be ready to make the jump to the Majors at some point in 2021.
"I’m ready,” Ramos said during a Zoom call with reporters on Tuesday. “I can’t wait. I feel like I’m going to do everything I can to get there, and I feel like I deserve it. I feel like I can play in the big leagues."