With the 19th pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, the Giants have selected Heliot Ramos, an outfielder out of Alfonso Casta Martinez High School in Puerto Rico. Please make sure to overreact accordingly.
Ramos was widely projected in the lower half of the first round to the second round in most mock drafts, but he’s incredibly toolsy. Here’s what Baseball America has to say about him:
Ramos has become a divisive prospect, with some teams enthused by his loud tools while others are wary of his limited track record of hitting with a wood bat against high-level competition. He is a plus-plus runner; he ran a 6.40 60-yard dash at the Excellence Tournament in early May. He has plus raw power, with his home runs becoming something of a legend during the spring of his draft year.
While the Giants develop high school outfielders about as well as they develop goalies — the last one to make the All-Star Game for them was Chili Davis — Ramos is exciting to watch on video, at least.
This is the first high school outfielder the Giants have selected in the first round since Wendell Fairley with the 29th pick in 2007. They’ll have approximately $3.1 million to spend on Ramos according to the slot-value recommendation, and the Giants have usually stayed close to those recommendations. We’re a long way from the days when we had to worry about unexpectedly high bonus demands.
The Giants’ next pick will be 58th overall, in the second round, which is scheduled to be completed on Monday night.