However, 2013 was his fourth year in the system, so the California native was old for the short-season NYPL and further, was repeating it. Ramos had begun last season at Class-A Peoria, but a rough start in the Midwest League led to Ramos being returned to extended spring training around this time last year.
Of average height, but very slender, quick but not with blinding speed, Ramos did not seem a prototypical center fielder and seemed to lack the potential to add the power needed to be a standout at the corners.
Ramos initially became a Cardinal after being selected in the 22nd round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft from Ohlone (CA) Community College.
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