The LG Twins of the Korea Baseball Organization have purchased first baseman Roberto Ramos’ contract from the Rockies, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Ramos can earn up to $500K in 2020, MLBTR has learned.
This ends a five-season tenure in the Colorado organization for Ramos, whom they chose in the 16th round of the 2014 draft. Ramos worked his way up to the Triple-A level for the first time last year and raked. Across 503 plate appearances, the 25-year-old slashed .309/.400/.580 with 30 home runs. Ramos did have the benefit of playing in the offense-happy Pacific Coast League, but his production was still 35 percent better than the PCL average, according to FanGraphs’ wRC+ metric.
Thanks in part to his powerful showing in 2019, Ramos recently earned spots on a couple Rockies prospect lists. MLB.com placed him as the team’s 27th-best farmhand after the season. FanGraphs’ Eric Longenhagen and Kylie McDaniel had Ramos No. 31 in Colorado’s system in rankings released last month, crediting his “gigantic raw power.” However, they wrote that Ramos has “Quad-A hitter written all over him.”