With the 19th overall pick in the draft, the Giants have selected outfielder Heliot Ramos from Alfonso Casta Martínez High School in Maunabo, Puerto Rico. In mock drafts, Ramos was projected to go 21st by MLB.com and Baseball America.
In addition to having one of the best names in this year’s draft, Ramos is widely regarded as the best Puerto Rican prospect in the class of 2017. The 6-foot-1, 188-pounder has impressive power potential, though that’s always a risky proposition for a 17-year-old. He was the star of last year’s Under Armour All-America Game and showed impressive contact skills at that event.
Ramos has played center field as an amateur, but it’s widely believed that he’ll ultimately end up as a corner outfielder. He is the brother of Dodgers minor-league outfielder Henry Ramos.
Ramos still has a lot of growth ahead of him and is likely four or five years away from the majors at the very least.