The next Brent Clevelen or Andres Torres?

A big spring has placed former Tigers prospect Wilkin Ramirez into contention for a back-up OF job. As of Sunday he was batting .421 (8-for-19) with a triple, homer, five RBIs and three stolen bases.

“He’s got some juice, man,” said Jones. “He’s been one of the guys that’s really impressed me this spring. A lot of people said that he was Pedro Cerrano [a fictional power hitter in the movie Major League], that he could hit the fastball but not necessarily the breaking ball. But he hit a slider out dead-central [to center field] today.

“I’d say he’s got as much pop as anybody in camp.”

So who is Wilkin Ramirez? The Braves acquired the 25-year-old Dominican from the Tigers last summer, and, though his numbers were fairly pedestrian, he did show considerably more patience with Gwinnett, walking 10 times in 24 games.

He’s certainly got the talent; Baseball America ranked him among Detroit’s Top 10 prospects in 2008 and ’09. Ramirez projects as a plus defender with above-average speed and power. With the bat, he’s Jeff Francoeur though, unlike the Lilburn Flash, it appears he’s learning.

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3 Comments on The next Brent Clevelen or Andres Torres?

  1. rankin' rob // March 14, 2011 at 3:54 pm //

    If he’s outplaying McOut or Shafer why wouldn’t we keep him?

  2. Nate seems to be holding his own, last I checked…but why not add Ramirez to the roster? And Ed Lucas, while we’re at it…I wish he would get the nod over Diory if it comes to that…

  3. PepeFreeUs // March 14, 2011 at 4:42 pm //

    If he steals Smoltz’s club covers we should seriously consider taking him north.

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