- Full name Nicholas Randolph Ramirez
- Born 08/01/1989 in Anaheim Hills, CA
- Profile Ht.: 6'4" / Wt.: 232 / Bats: L / Throws: L
- School Cal State Fullerton
- Debut 05/11/2019
Drafted in the 4th round (131st overall) by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2011 (signed for $213,300).
View Draft ReportMultiple scouts used the phrase "a really tough one" when evaluating Ramirez this spring. He's had a tremendous college career, starring for three seasons as the primary power threat in the heart of Cal State Fullerton's order as well as the team's closer. Some scouts prefer him as a pitcher. He has good feel for a solid four-pitch mix, including an 86-90 fastball, a plus changeup, a solid slider and curveball. But Ramirez wants to be a hitter, and the majority of scouts prefer him as a first baseman. After his monstrous sophomore season, Ramirez struggled to adjust to wood bats last summer with Team USA, causing some scouts to wonder if his lefthanded swing is more tailored to metal bats. He has undeniable strength in his bulky 6-foot-3, 225-pound frame, leading to above-average raw power but average game power. He does not have elite bat speed, and he sometimes exhibits an arm bar in his swing, making him vulnerable on the inner half. He uses his hands well and excels at lacing hard line drives into the left-center gap, and he has a chance to be an average hitter. Most of his home run power is to center-right, and he's gotten better at turning on balls. He's an average defender at first base, with soft hands but limited range. Ramirez could be drafted anywhere from the fourth to the 10th round.
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Ramirez starred in two roles at Cal State Fullerton, serving as the Titans' primary power threat as well as their closer. He led the team with nine homers and 16 saves last spring before signing for $213,300 as a fourth-round pick. While he showed good feel for a solid mix of four pitches, the Brewers focused on his offensive ability and never really considered drafting him as a pitcher. Ramirez got off to a tremendous start in pro ball, batting .369 with eight homers in 23 games at Helena, before dropping to .197 with three longballs in 36 contests at Wisconsin. Moving forward, Ramirez will need to develop more plate discipline to have success. He has above-average raw power, thanks more to strength than bat speed, though some scouts worry about an arm bar in his swing. His hands work well at the plate and enable him to turn on pitches as well as drive them into the left-center gap. Ramirez has below-average speed and range, but he's an average defender with good hands at first base. He'll return to low Class A to start 2012 but could earn a promotion as soon as he proves he can handle Midwest League pitching.
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- Rated Best Defensive 1B in the Southern League in 2014