On Monday, the minor league squads began their Spring Training games, which is a pretty small deal in the big picture. There’s no TV broadcasts, there aren’t radio broadcasts, there aren’t box scores, there might be 30 or so fans standing around... and they aren’t exactly strict about the rules...for instance, a rehabbing Corey Seaver was allowed to bat only, and bat each inning that he was around.
Well, yesterday the Giants happened to be playing at Camelback Ranch’s back fields against the Dodgers, and not only was Corey Seager rehabilitating, but so was Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen, against the Giants’ squad of A-Ball players.
I mean, here is the 19-year old, #2 overall prospect Heliot Ramos looking about how you’d expect against Kenley Jansen.
Jansen versus Ramos on a 1-0 count. Whiff! pic.twitter.com/EdnDR6oMyS— Kevin J. Cunningham - SF Giants Lunatic (@sflunaticfringe) March 11, 2019
I mean, he’s 19, he’s facing one of the better closers in baseball, rehabbing or not, what the heck do you expect him to do?
Ramos vs. Jansen, 1-1 pitch. Went to straightaway center. pic.twitter.com/jFzM5qbiGW— Kevin J. Cunningham - SF Giants Lunatic (@sflunaticfringe) March 11, 2019
Oh...that. The stupid cameraman did not pan, but that was a home run to straightaway center field. By Ramos. Of Jansen.
That definitely counts!
In the end, Ramos had another single up the middle (against a more level-appropriate pitcher) and was 2-for-3 on the day before our intrepid reporter was chased by the rain and a desire for food to the main stadium. And there, with the game tied in the 9th inning, 1-1, and the bases loaded, Joey Bart did this...
That absolutely counts!
It was a good day to be a top prospect for the Giants.