Pirates Sign Colombian Outfielder Harold Ramirez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Colombian outfielder Harold Ramirez, reports Ben Badler of Baseball America.  The Pirates inked Ramirez for $1.05 M, which is their second biggest international amateur bonus, right behind the $2.6 M they gave Luis Heredia.

Today is the start of the international signing period, and it should be no surprise that Ramirez signed so quickly.  We heard last month that the Pirates were a big player for his services, possibly offering more than most teams to get him.  Ramirez is 16 years old, and has a thick 5′ 11″, 175 pound frame.  Despite the frame, he’s a plus-plus runner, although he doesn’t really have the arm for center field, and there’s some debate over whether he has any power projection left in his frame.

Baseball America projected Ramirez to have the 15th biggest bonus in the international signing period this year.

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  • Lee Young

    That writeup doesn’t thrill me. Doesn’t look like he is gonna get any better and ‘thick frame’ sounds like his plus-plus speed will get bogged down.

    They must see something in him. But the writeup doesn’t sound good.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AGRPLJJRC5GNBYXDY6LHF2U6DU white angus

      i remember a time when alex presley was an afterthought, that he also wouldnt show any power as he advanced…

      dont write off a player so early, especially one with a 7 figure bonus.

      • Anonymous

        I agree. Not every future star Latin American comes with a great write up when he signs as a 16 year old. Its not like 16 year old is going to mean the peak of their physical maturity. I wouldn’t be surprised if he were to grow to 6’4” sometime before he is twenty, developing the raw power to make even a prospect like Bryce Harper recognize him as one of the best power hitters in the league. Not saying this is going to happen, but it seems like it is a lot easier to criticize a move like this because you are likely to be right when you do. Latin American prospects bust more often than not, so instead of attempting in vain to evaluate these guys yourself, let guys like NH and Gayo do it for you and trust them. Even if the guy is “only” a 5’11” OF with plus-plus speed and the potential for MUCH more.

  • Anonymous

    If they want to throw money away they are welcome to throw it in my direction.

    • Anonymous

      It’s totally a waste to sign a 16 year old with plus-plus speed….totally. They should have used that money to do something that satisfies you. What idiots to assume that they know more about these international players than someone as obviously in the know as yourself. If only our front office was run by someone like you…

  • Lee Young

    geez……..I was hardly writing him off, guys. I’m a big a supporter of the FO. Its just that the writeup didn’t sound all that great. Now, the writeup on Heredia is another matter.

    Take a ‘thick’ 5’11 16 year old who doesn’t have much power projection and it SOUNDS like he has nowhere to go, but get fat.

    I never said I know anything about him or know more than the front office. I am just going by the writeup.

    Geez, sorry to have said anything negative. I didn’t know that wasn’t allowed.

  • Lee Young

    JoeGonzo………click on the link Tim had when he first talked about the article. Nobody there seemed to think it was worth signing him ‘from what was written about him’.

    This guy may become a Miguel Cabrera for all I know.

    I don’t know what is worse……..not saying what you feel or have someone pound you for saying what you feel.

    Everyone has opinions….just because you don’t agree with them doesn’t make them bad opinions.

  • Lee Young

    “Tim had when he first talked about the article” I meant  “for Tim’s article when he first talked about Ramirez”.

    I gotta get rich and hire an editor….

  • Lee Young

    Now HERE’s a good writeup….from MLB Rumors:

    “Rene Gayo, the Pirates’ Director of Latin American scouting, had high praise for outfielder Harold Ramirez, tweets
    Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.  “He’s a real
    exciting player. Plays like Willie Mays,” said Gayo.  Earlier today, the
    Bucs signed Ramirez for $1.05MM.”

    Now THAT gets my baseballs fired up!


  • Anonymous

    Tim, any word on any other prospects the FO may be targeting? i know weve heard nothing like heredia but was just wondering

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