Number four ranked New York Mets prospect Alex Ramirez would probably be the subject of trade rumors right now if the team was buying. His performance on Friday night would’ve had a lot of people talking about what types of trades he could headline.
It hasn’t been a spectacular year for Ramirez who is slashing .241/.342/.338 through 349 plate appearances. The 20-year-old outfielder has 14 doubles, 5 home runs, and 16 stolen bases. It’s a relatively light season compared to expectations, however, Friday’s performance was a reminder of how great he can become.
NY Mets prospect Alex Ramirez had a big night in an otherwise overlooked season
Minor league numbers are never a good basis for what a player will become. This is why we trust the experts to tell us who’ll be good and whose numbers on the farm offer no indication of what’s next.
Ramirez is still a player of potential. He isn’t putting up monster numbers. He’s not even in MLB.com’s latest top 100 prospects.
This isn’t much cause for concern. In fact, MLB Pipeline still has his major league ETA set for 2024. Perhaps a bit ambitious especially when we consider how much the current front office has hesitated to promote other more MLB-ready players, it’s promising to see this club could at least have an exciting bench player by the end of next season.
It’s Ramirez’s speed which will help him stand out most. He isn’t a guy who has hit for a whole lot of power as a professional. Unless something changes, he’s probably going to end up looking something like Starling Marte in his prime. Taking over center field from Brandon Nimmo will be a question of who the better defender is by the time he is major league ready.
Nights like the one Ramirez had for Brooklyn on Friday mean little in the grand scheme of things. It won’t earn him a promotion or speed along his acceleration. What it might offer is a little more confidence and a nice finish to a season where he hasn’t done a whole lot.