Ramos Suffers Broken Hand, Puts Early End to Mexican League Stint

A broken right hand ended power-hitting first baseman Roberto Ramos’ winter ball stint last week after 14 games at Hermosillo where he hit .326/.448/.587 with two homers and eight RBI.

Ramos, who turns 24 on Dec. 28, was drafted by the Rockies in the 16th round in 2014 out of the College of the Canyons in Valencia, Calif., after going to San Fernando (Calif.) High School. But Ramos was born in Hermosillo and had returned there to play in the Mexican Pacific League.

The Rockies were particularly eager for Ramos to get that experience, because the abundance of breaking-ball pitchers in winter ball in Mexico would have given Ramos an opportunity to work on an offensive shortcoming. And the early signs were promising with Ramos showing better recognition of breaking pitches and drawing 10 walks with 18 strikeouts in 58 plate appearances. 

The left-handed hitting Ramos finished with a combined 140 strikeouts and 58 walks last season, which he split between High A Lancaster and Double-A Hartford. In 60 games at Lancaster, Ramos hit .304/.411/.640 with 15 doubles, 17 homers, 43 RBI and 65 strikeouts in 225 plate appearances. Not surprisingly, Ramos was challenged by better pitching at Hartford where he hit .231/320/.503 in 61 games with nine doubles, 15 homers 34 RBI and 75 strikeouts in 228 plate appearances.

When Ramos moved up to Hartford, Brian Mundell, who had been the Yard Goats' primary first baseman, was introduced to left field. The Rockies see Ramos, who throws right-handed and is listed at 6-5 and 220 pounds, as strictly a first baseman. After undergoing surgery, Ramos is expected to be ready for the start of minor league camp in early March.

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