The San Francisco Giants were hoping to get some good development out of outfielder Heliot Ramos at the Fall Instructional Leagues, but that’s currently being put on hold. On Oct. 8, just three days into the Instructional Leagues, the hot prospect reportedly left a game due to soreness, as reported by the San Francisco Chronicle’s Henry Schulman.
OF prospect Heliot Ramos came out of an instructional league game in Arizona today with soreness in his side. #SFGiants do not believe he has anything serious, but he did have an oblique injury in spring training so there’s a little caution. Will work on the side for couple days.— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) October 9, 2020
On Sunday, 10 days after that initial report, Schulman reported that Ramos still had not returned to action. According to Schulman, the team is not concerned about the injury, but it might keep him out for the rest of Instructionals. The injury is to the same oblique that he injured during Spring Training.
Ramos hurt himself swinging the bat Oct. 8 and was removed, according to an observer. Although Ramos has not played since then, and might not appear in any more games before they end Nov. 12, Ramos is expected to be fine by spring training, according to multiple sources who sought anonymity so they could speak freely about an injury.
The 21-year old Ramos is one of the Giants best prospects, ranking third in the farm by both Fangraphs and MLB Pipeline. He had a great 2019, hitting .306/.385/.500 (143 wRC+) in high-A, and then .242/.321/.421 (119 wRC+) in AA. He spent 2020 in the Giants 60-person player pool, getting in work at the Alternate Training Site in Sacramento with the rest of the Giants top prospects (sans Joey Bart, who spent much of the year with the MLB team).
He’s expected to compete for the Major League roster in 2021.