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Carlos Ramirez Looking to Showcase His Skills

Outfielder hit a team-leading 27 doubles for the Lugnuts last season

Carlos Ramirez Looking to Showcase His Skills

March 24, 2014

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Needing to work on his approach, Carlos Ramirez still improved on both sides of the ball in 2013. (Scott Mapes/Lansing Lugnuts)

Taking on a full season’s worth of games can be tough for a young baseball player, but for Blue Jays prospect Carlos Ramirez it was business as usual. Having played just a combined 191 games over his first four seasons as a pro, the 22-year old wasn’t fazed by an increased workload which saw him compete in 114 Midwest League contests last season.

While his approach at the plate still needs refining, Ramirez showcased glimpses of the extra-base power he has tucked away in his skinny frame. In Lansing, he batted .228 with a .297 on-base percentage, but roped a team-leading 27 doubles and finished tied for third on the club in triples (5) and home runs (7).

“My first full season wasn’t bad, but I think I have more in me. I just need to keep working hard to move up in 2014,” Ramirez told JaysProspects. “I’m happy with my production in Lansing as I put more weight on and worked on my swing to get a little more power.

“I hit 27 doubles and seven home runs and I’m happy about that. But I have to keep working hard to get more in the future.”

Known as an outfielder with a cannon of an arm, Ramirez enjoyed the opportunity to show off his loudest tool across a full season. In fact, the Dominican Republic native recorded a team-leading 11 outfield assists last season, and he takes pride in the defensive side of his game.

“In Lansing, I improved on my defense,” Ramirez said. “I improved on my throws and playing balls off the wall. I feel very good about my defense.”

The great defense didn’t surprise former Lugnuts hitting coach Kenny Graham at all, as the pair had worked together at some point in each of the last three seasons.

“Carlos looked great on the field,” said Graham. “Carlos drove the baseball and played great in the outfield all season. He has a tremendous arm and he’s had the opportunity to show it off for a full season. He’s fun to watch.

“Carlos has had good games and a few bumps on the road, but the great thing about that kid is he’s a great learner.”

Ramirez enjoyed Graham’s coaching as well, specifically his blue-collar work approach.

“I have been working with Kenny for three years now. I love working with him,” Ramirez said. “He’s a hard worker and does everything he can to make you a better player.”

Completing a busy off-season in the Dominican Republic, Ramirez stayed in shape by playing winter ball for Leones del Escogido of the Dominican League. He appeared in five games, picking up one hit in five at-bats.

After his first full season, Ramirez is ready to showcase his skills in another full campaign in 2014.

Brian Crawford

Brian Crawford

Brian has covered professional baseball for eight seasons for numerous media outlets.
Brian Crawford