When you think of the prototypical baseball player, a few images probably come to mind: tall, muscular, fast, top physical condition, etc.
In other words, baseball players are not supposed to look like you, me, and Jose Ramirez.
Ramirez is roughly my size at 5’9”, 165 pounds and generally does not fit the stereotype of a baseball player. Going into the 2012 season, he was unknown even in his own organization and went unranked in IBI’s Top 100 prospects.
Amazing the difference one year can make.
After a year where he had a .354/.403/.462 line, three home runs, 15 steals, and a 26:24 SO:BB in 67 games at Low-A Lake County, Ramirez has established himself as an elite prospect and now seems on the fast track through the system. How can this be?
"He's just a ballplayer," Akron Aeros manager Edwin Rodriguez said. "He knows how to play the game."
Notice the words “Akron Aeros manager” there. The front office thought so much of Ramirez that they allowed him to skip High-A Carolina entirely,...