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Oakland A's 2016 draft insider perspective: Tyler Ramirez, OF

The Oakland A's selected three position players among their first 11 picks in the 2016 draft. One was outfielder Tyler Ramirez from the University of North Carolina. InsideCarolina baseball beat writer Matt Clements gives us the inside scoop on Ramirez.

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. 

Ramirez's strongest trait is his command of the strike zone and ability to hit for average while showing good pop with the bat. Ramirez is a classic coaches player - hard-working and improves every year. If you were to compare him to fellow Oakland draftee and former Tar Heel Skye Bolt - Ramirez has a higher floor but a lower ceiling. If Bolt ever put it all together he could be an All-Star in the league, but Ramirez has a better chance at making it to the show.
Ramirez has excellent foot speed, great eye at the plate with a smooth left handed swing. Facing some top pitching in the ACC, Ramirez was the only Tar Heel regular to really excel in league play leading the Tar Heels in average, slugging and on-base percentage. With his work ethic and athletic skills, Oakland fans will enjoy watching him develop in the Athletics farm system. 
There is an absence of negatives in the scouting of Ramirez - if anything he was consistent in exceeding expectations and made the process of improving as a baseball player in every aspect almost invisible as he rarely struggled offensively or defensively."

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