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This year, in his second year at AA, Biloxi Shuckers’ first baseman Nick Ramirez has gotten off to a scorching start. While he possess decent power, he may fall into the category of a AAAA player. Here is a look at his strong start and his future in the Brewers’ organization.
Ramirez was drafted in the fourth round of the 2011 draft out of Cal State Fullerton. In his debut season, he batted .349 in rookie ball at Helena hitting eight home runs. Since then he has seen a major dropoff in average. Playing at three other levels, he now has a lifetime batting average of .248 including seasons of .197 and .231 last season.
The biggest plus in the 25-year-old first baseman’s game is his power. After hitting 16 home runs in 2012, he has hit 19 in each of the past two seasons. While the average has not been there, his ability to drive the ball in the gaps has kept him an intriguing and undervalued player in the system.
While the 2015 season is still young, Ramirez is off to a nice start at Biloxi. In eight games, he has a .240 average but he also leads the team and is second in the Southern League with three home runs. On a team that is filled with top prospect up and down the lineup, his power has garnered some attention.
Not even being ranked in the Brewers’ top-30 prospects according to MLB.com, it is hard to see Ramirez making a major impact in Milwaukee in the future, but he keeps swinging a hot bat anything can happen. The team lacks first baseman and he could eventually find his way on to the field if he keeps swinging. With the Brewers’ major league roster drastically under-performing, a continued hot-streak could help him to get to AAA Colorado Springs, just one step away from playing in Miller Park.