Harold Ramirez is hitting .311 in Winter ball (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Harold Ramirez is the Top Prospect in the NYPL

Harold Ramirez was named Baseball America's top prospect in the NYPL. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Harold Ramirez was named Baseball America’s top prospect in the NYPL. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Baseball America released their top 20 prospects for the New York-Penn League, and for the second time this year the Pirates have a player at the top of the list. Last week Austin Meadows was at the top of the GCL top 20. This time it’s Harold Ramirez who is at the top of the NYPL list.

Ramirez put up an impressive .285/.354/.409 line in 274 at-bats in the very pitcher friendly NYPL. When he was signed there were scouts who questioned his ability to hit for power, although he has five homers, which is a good total for the league. Ramirez also showed off his speed with 23 stolen bases. BA noted his premium speed, and said that he’s an aggressive defender in center field with good range and plenty of arm strength. They also noted that opposing managers lauded his two strike approach.

Ramirez was the only prospect from the Pirates on the list. Here are the Pirates from previous years in the NYPL top 20. Ramirez is only the second player to be ranked in the top five, and the first in this period to be ranked first overall in the NYPL.

2012: Luis Heredia (2), Barrett Barnes (10), Clay Holmes (15),

2011: Nick Kingham (9), Alex Dickerson (11)

2010: Zack Von Rosenberg (6), Colton Cain (10), Zack Dodson (17)

2009: Vic Black (6)

2008: Chase d’Arnaud (18)

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  • IC Bob

    I am a little surprised we didn’t have more prospects on the list. That team looked pretty young and had a lot of success. I would expected the Catcher Chang to be on the list as well as Dickson.

    • WTM

      Dickson and Jhang were both mentioned in the chat. Dickson apparently just missed in what the BA writer called a deep talent pool. He seemed less impressed with Jhang, saying the bat has a long ways to go.

  • stickyweb

    Let’s hope the odd year pattern continues and Ramirez keeps improving and progressing through the minors. Those guys in the even years haven’t exactly lit things up (2012 excepted since it’s so recent).

  • CTBucco

    A lot of the college guys that started out hot there cooled off as the season went on. It would’ve been interesting to see what JaCoby Jones would’ve done. I think he might have cracked the list.

  • CalipariFan506

    A lot of the college guys that put up decent numbers shouldn’t have been there as well. That Roy and Frazier and the 1B from Troy State were there either means the Pirates messed up when they should have been at West Virginia or that the Pirates don’t consider either a prospect. I’d say they were too conservative with Frazier and see Roy and the other guy as organizational depth.

    Either way the way the Pirates develop players and move them through the syste, it appears WV is going to have an interesting season next year as far as position players go.

    You’ve got to think Ramirez will be the every day RF, Meadows CF, McGuire/Mattheson C, Arbet SS, Escober or Jacoby Jones in LF depending on how quickly Jones recovers, Frazier 2B. I think it’s fair to say all of those guys should be on the top 20 radar by 2015 with good seasons and obviously a few are there already.

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