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

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Top Prospects: #10 – Harold Ramirez

The Pirates Prospects 2014 Prospect Guide is now on sale. The book features prospect reports on everyone in the system, the 2014 top 50 prospects, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find.  While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, we will be releasing the top 20 prospects over the next few weeks.  Be sure to purchase your copy of the book on the products page of the site.

To recap the countdown so far:

20. Michael De La Cruz, OF
19. JaCoby Jones, OF
18. Barrett Barnes, OF
17. Cody Dickson, LHP
16. Blake Taylor, LHP
15. Joely Rodriguez, LHP
14. Andrew Lambo, OF
13. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP
12. Clay Holmes, RHP
11. Tony Sanchez, C

We continue the countdown with the number 10 prospect, Harold Ramirez.

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

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

10. Harold Ramirez, OF

When the Pirates signed Ramirez to a $1.05 M bonus, they were clearly valuing him higher than other teams. Ramirez is a center fielder with plus-plus speed and an above-average to plus arm. There were concerns that he didn’t have the defensive skills to stick at center field, and that he couldn’t hit enough to be a corner outfielder.

Ramirez proved the Pirates correct, showing off some good defensive skills in center field, along with speed on the bases and a strong hitting ability. He has a quick bat and a line drive stroke, with the potential to hit some home runs. He’s a threat on the bases with explosive speed. Ramirez also has strong plate patience, and improved his walk rate this year.

The numbers in 2013 were impressive, as they came in a very pitcher friendly league. The performance by Ramirez was good enough to be named Baseball America’s top prospect in the New York-Penn League. He should follow that up with a move to West Virginia in 2014, where he might have to move off center field due to the presence of Austin Meadows at the same level.

Ramirez isn’t a prototypical outfielder, but has a ton of all-around value. He has a good feel for hitting, great baseball instincts, and quick, strong hands. His bat plays better in center field, although if he moves at the same pace as Meadows he will probably be limited to a corner. Ramirez doesn’t project to hit for the power you normally see at a corner spot, but he makes up for that with defense, speed, and gap power.

The Pirates don’t have a strong need for a center fielder, or even for an outfielder. They’ve got Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte, and Gregory Polanco projected to be together at least through the 2018 season. Austin Meadows is ahead of Ramirez, and profiles to be the first replacement down the line when one of the major league outfielders move on. It’s also possible that Ramirez could eventually be used as a trade chip, although that would require another team seeing the same value in him that the Pirates currently see. His 2013 season opened some eyes to his potential value, and he can continue improving his stock with a strong season in West Virginia in 2014.

Click Here to Purchase the Pirates Prospects 2014 Prospect Guide

Enjoy this story? Pirates Prospects will be switching to a subscription site on 4/13, so that we can continue bringing you the best Pirates coverage there is. For a very small monthly price, you can continue getting articles like this, along with coverage from every minor league city. Get more information here, and subscribe today!

Share This Article

Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

Winter Leagues: Starling Marte Done With Winter Ball

Next Story »

Taking a Look at the Current Market For Ike Davis

  • jaygray007

    They just keep dishing out the decent-hitting, center field-capable OFers, don’t they? A very quick way to produce 3 WAR at a corner, as evidenced by Polanco’s 3WAR ZiPs proj, without even being projected to hit a ton this year.

    It’s funny that Marte, Polanco, and Cutch can all move on, and a Meadows – Ramirez – Bell outfield is STILL an exciting outfield in theory.

  • http://atung.net/ Steve Zielinski

    Ramirez may be a better bet to become a good defensive CF than Meadows. If so, then why not move Meadows to a corner?

    • jaygray007

      i’m sure they’ll figure it out. a nice problem to have! they can probably split time or something.

    • BuccosFanStuckinMD

      Supposedly, Meadows arm is suspect – at least I have read that assessment more than once – so, a corner OF spot is not ideal for him.

  • https://www.facebook.com/bruce.humbert Bruce Humbert

    Will be an interesting year to see how both Ramerez and Meadows progress. One or both of them getting to Altoona at some point in 2015 would create valuable assets that might be convertible into help with needs.

  • CalipariFan506

    This guy looks Tabata’esque.

    • NorCal Buc

      Plus, plus speed and a near plus arm – not too similar to Tabby

Latest Analysis

  • Gregory Polanco

    Q&A: Trading Prospects For Rentals, Polanco Concerns, Meadows vs Appel

    25 mins ago

    I missed the Q&A last week due to a common problem in Spring Training: I forgot what day it was. It was around 6:00 that I was ...

    Read More
  • Nick Kingham f

    Improving His Two-Seam Fastball will Make Nick Kingham a More Effective Pitcher

    1 day ago

    With Jameson Taillon returning from Tommy John surgery, and unlikely to make an impact at the Major League level early in the year, the top prospect to ...

    Read More
  • Arquimedes Caminero 3

    The Roster Situations That Could Impact the Makeup of the Pirates Bullpen

    3 days ago

    There are less than two weeks remaining in Spring Training, and the one area where the Pittsburgh Pirates had actual position battles is heating up. There were ...

    Read More
  • Jordan Luplow

    How the Pirates are Trying to Stay Ahead of the Curve With the New Draft Rules

    4 days ago

    The 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement brought a lot of changes to Major League Baseball. The biggest change for the Pittsburgh Pirates came in the draft. From 2008-2011, ...

    Read More
  • Alen Hanson

    The Key For Alen Hanson to Help the Pirates in the Majors This Year

    5 days ago

    When the Pittsburgh Pirates moved Alen Hanson to second base last year, part of the plan was to get him to the majors faster by putting him at ...

    Read More
  • Tyler Glasnow 2

    What the Stats Don’t Tell You About Tyler Glasnow

    6 days ago

    The stat line for Tyler Glasnow’s start at Pirate City yesterday looked great: 3 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K. The lone run ...

    Read More
  • JaCoby Jones Josh Bell

    JaCoby Jones Did Fine in the Move to Shortstop, But Needs to Cut Down on Strikeouts

    1 week ago

    The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted JaCoby Jones as an outfielder in the third round of the 2013 draft, then surprised everyone the following year when they moved him ...

    Read More
  • Cody Dickson is a lefty with the upside of a middle of the rotation starter. (Photo Credit: Mark Olson)

    The Mental Adjustment that Led to Cody Dickson’s Dominant 2014 Second Half

    1 week ago

    Trusting his stuff and not trying to do too much — that has been the key for left-handed pitcher Cody Dickson so far in his professional baseball ...

    Read More
  • Third Base Mathisen Luplow Joe

    Who’s on Third? In the Pirates’ Farm System, It Could Be Anyone

    1 week ago

    If you have ever played third base in your life — professional, college, high school, slow pitch softball — then the Pittsburgh Pirates might be contacting you ...

    Read More
  • Jason Creasy

    Another Pitcher to Watch From the Pirates’ 2011 Draft

    2 weeks ago

    The 2011 draft is shaping up to be a great class for the Pittsburgh Pirates. They picked first overall that year, so naturally you’d expect good things ...

    Read More
  • Browse More Articles