The Red Sox contracted first baseman Roberto Ramos after a minor league contract with an invitation to major league Spring Training, reports Chris Cotillo of MassLive (Twitter link). It’s a return to the state for the 27-year-old, who has spent the past two seasons in South Korea.
Ramos has yet to appear in a major league game. With a 16th-round pick from the Rockies in 2014, he worked his way up in the minor league ranks and reached Triple-A by 2019. Ramos spent that season with Colorado’s top subsidiary in Albuquerque, scoring 30 home runs in 505 record appearances. After that season, the left-handed battle jumped to the Korean baseball organization and joined the LG Twins.
The signing of Ramos paid immediate dividends for the Seoul-based team. He blew 38 homers over 494 record appearances during his debut campaign. Ramos’ overall .278 / .362 / .592 line scored 41 percentage points above the KBO league average, according to wRC +. Ramos hit a solid 27.5% of his board appearances that year, but he also took hikes at a robust 11.1% cut and showed strength that scored plus or better points during his time as’ a prospect.
Ramos re-signed with the Twins last season, but his follow-up campaign was not as impressive. He hit a league average of .243 / .317 / .422 with eight homers in 205 trips to the plate before suffering a back injury. Former MLB first baseman justin bour replaced him on the roster at the end of June, paving the way for Ramos’ return to the United States. He will try for the first time to work his way to the big ones with the Red Sox, who are expected to open the year with the right-handed strike Bobby Dalbec at first base and JD Martinez at designated butcher. Top prospect Triston Casas worked for Triple-A Worcester late last season and should look into the majors sometime in 2022.