Position: Third base Height: 6-2 Weight: 190
Born: 10/25/1985 Bats: Right Throws: Right
The Tigers outbid several teams for Ramirez' services prior to the 2003 season. At the tender age of 17, Ramirez impressed scouts and management with his solid debut in the Gulf Coast League. In his first taste of professional ball, Ramirez posted a .275/.321/.450 line that had the Tiger brass and fans buzzing. Heading into the 2004 season, Wilkin was slated to take "The Leap" towards stardom. That hope was shot down when Ramirez tore the labrum in his right shoulder, requiring surgery, and sidelining him for the entire campaign. Wilkin made it back in time to participate in the Fall Instructional League, where he displayed his offensive skills, announcing that he would be back in 2005.
Ramirez is an outstanding natural athlete, with the work ethic to get the most out of his gift. Despite the 21 errors in 42 games in 2003, Wilkin has the potential to be a top tier fielder at the hot corner. Ramirez has quick feet, soft hands, average range, and average arm strength. In the batter's box, Wilkin has possibly the most offensive potential of anyone in the entire organization. For a 19-year old player, Ramirez has a very advanced approach at the plate, knowing what he wants to accomplish before he steps in the box. He has a sound swing mechanically, with few holes, and the ability to adjust to breaking balls. As Ramirez continues to age and mature, his body is likely to add bulk and consequently more power. The combination of offensive and defensive potential is unmatched within the organization, and Ramirez will look to take the next step in his progression towards Detroit in 2005.
Performance Year Team AB AVG 2B HR RBI SO BB SLG% OPS 2003
Wilkin missed the entire 2004 season with a torn labrum in his right (throwing) shoulder. After a summer of hard work, Ramirez was able to swing the bat during the Fall Instructional League, but he was held out of the field, forced to continue his rehab throwing program.
With a healthy 2005 season, Ramirez could vault himself into the realm of the top five prospects in the system. Wilkin has the total package, and with his surprising polish for a young player, he could move much quicker than expected. The presence of Kody Kirkland likely repeating West Michigan could relegate Ramirez to Oneonta to start the season. If Ramirez shows the same potential he demonstrated during his pro debut, he could make a jump up the organizational ladder, passing Kirkland along the way. Ramirez has drawn comparisons to a young Adrian Beltre, and the Tigers are hoping he can continue his improvement, establishing himself as a household name in 2005.