Last season, the Oakland A's selected North Carolina outfielder Skye Bolt with their fourth-round selection. Bolt was considered more of a projection pick than a production pick; the talented switch-hitter flashed impressive tools with the Tar Heels but never quite put up the numbers that one would expect based on his raw talent. Bolt has had an up-and-down start to his pro career. He is currently on the disabled list with Low-A Beloit, but was named to the Midwest League All-Star game earlier this week.
This season, the A's went back to North Carolina's outfield to take Tyler Ramirez, who replaced Bolt in centerfield for the Tar Heels this season. Ramirez had been a corner outfielder primarily during his first two seasons in Chapel Hill. Unlike Bolt, Ramirez isn't known for having a flashy toolset, but he has consistently put up big numbers during his three years in college. This season, despite a mid-year power slump, Ramirez posted a .333/.482/.540 line. He established career-highs in walks, runs scored, OBP, BA, SLG and RBI. His BABIP was also a career-best (.417).
Our sister site InsideCarolina is the ultimate authority on everything Tar Heels. We asked InsideCarolina's baseball beat writer Matt Clements to gives us his thoughts on Ramirez after watching Ramirez play for three seasons. Below are his thoughts:
Matt Clements: "First of all Tyler Ramirez handled the switch from playing in right field during his sophomore campaign to center field this season seamlessly. Ramirez is not a flashy player but was one of the top performers for the Diamond Heels at the plate and in the clubhouse, as they had a very young team this season.