Continuing the coverage from last weekend's PG World showcase in Fort Myers, Kiley gives us a scouting report and video of the 3rd ranked player from the event, Milton Ramos.
6'1/165, R/R, 18.6 on Draft Day
The third best prospect from the event was Miami-area shortstop Milton Ramos. He was considerably lower on my follow list early in the summer, until a breakout showing at the Diamond Club showcase in October. He added a noticeable about of strength to his swing, both creating power, more bat speed and the strength to fight off hard stuff on his hands. Despite the added bulk, Ramos still has some room to grow into his lanky frame and retained his plus speed and defensive skills.
Ramos flashes 45 raw power in BP, but that's with a higher effort, mechanical swing with a high leg kick and too much weight shifting to his front leg. He isn't advanced enough or using the right approach at the plate to unlock all of that in games and he'll have to tone down his leg kick. Ramos has some trouble with off-speed stuff and seems to be jumpy and guessing at times.
He's still growing into his frame and adding strength--there's an expected added level of fluidity and strength that will continue improving as he matures. That said, he's squared up good pitching before with a gap to gap line drive approach in previous events despite struggling at this event. There's a 50 bat in here, but there's plenty of work to do and there isn't a lot more upside than that.
While those comments on his hitting ability weren't glowing, they still make Ramos a solid 3rd round prospect due to his secondary skills. He's a 60 or 65 runner with a smooth glove and polished infield actions. Ramos can sit back and let the ball get on him at times, but has a solid-average arm and the defensive tools to be average to slightly above for the position with some work.
There have been some negative whispers about his makeup from multiple sources and he looked tired and unfocused at PG World. This may scare some clubs away from popping Ramos in the top 3 rounds, but there simply aren't enough potential everyday shortstops in the draft for him to make it past the 4th round if he has a solid spring.
Ramos is committed to Florida Atlantic, but attends a powerhouse high school (multiple notable alums include Royals 1B Eric Hosmer and Red Sox SS Deven Marrero) and will get scouted a lot this spring. Come June, I'd expect him to go off the board in the 3rd-4th round range (with an outside shot to go a little higher) and turn pro.