Harold Ramirez had a huge season in the NYPL in 2013. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Winter Leagues: Big Game For Harold Ramirez

From Wednesday night in the Colombian League, Harold Ramirez had a big game in his team’s 11-2 win. Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a walk. He scored three runs, drove in two runs and stole two bases. He is 6-for-16 through five games.

Harold Ramirez is hitting well early in the Colombian League. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Harold Ramirez is hitting well early in the Colombian League. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

In Venezuela, Elvis Escobar came off the bench for the second straight day since being added to the Cardenales de Lara roster. He came in as a defensive replacement in left field during the top of the eighth inning. In his only at-bat, Escobar struck out.

Luis Sanz made his first appearance since October 26th. He pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, allowing one hit, one walk and he struck out one batter. Sanz threw 28 pitches, 18 for strikes.

In Puerto Rico, Ivan De Jesus Jr went 1-for-3 with a single, walk and two runs scored in his team’s 5-4 loss.

In Australia, Danny Arribas went 1-for-4 with a single, walk and run scored. In his first six games, he played three games each at first base and catcher. On Friday, he played both, going behind the plate late in his team’s 10-8 victory.

In Mexico, Ali Solis went 1-for-3 with a single and he also reached base via catcher interference. On defense, he threw out both runners attempting to steal against him.

In the Veracruz League, Carlos Esqueda reached base four times on Thursday. He had two hits, a HBP and a walk. Esqueda scored one run and drove in another. He also stole a base. In 19 games, he is hitting .246 with 13 walks and 11 runs scored.

In Nicaragua, Adolfo Flores pitched a perfect inning in relief during his last outing. He has now made six scoreless appearances, allowing three hits and no walks in 5.2 innings.

The Dominican League had off on Thursday.

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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  • https://profiles.google.com/106508220943703406151 Kevin Anstrom

    Great update John

    BTW did you see the Pirates Top 10 list in BA?

    They mentioned that multiple members of the Pirates staff think Harold Ramirez has the highest ceiling of all prospects.

    How can that be given his lack of size? :)

    Also noticed that Dilson Herrera didn’t make the Mets Top 10 list. Mets must be loaded.

    • John Dreker

      I saw that Mets list, thought Herrera should have been in there at 9 at least. Cecchini has been a disappointment, but he was rated higher(according to the chat) just because he plays average defense at shortstop and probably because he was a first round draft pick. I’d rather have the higher upside bat and above average defense at 2B.

      I wouldn’t say Ramirez has the highest upside, but the potential is there for him to be real good. I think he could hit for average, but won’t provide the defense and power/speed combo that Polanco has. Not saying he won’t be good in those categories, but he still has a long way to go before he is on the same level as Polanco. Austin Meadows probably has a higher upside as well as he is more likely to add power and he has better plate discipline. That last part is key as Ramirez moves up. So far his walk totals have been low, but on the bright side, his strikeout totals are acceptable.

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