Yesterday, I wondered why C/DH JR Murphy and RHP Jose Ramirez of the Low-A Charleston Riverdogs were excluded from Baseball America’s top-20 prospects list for the South Atlantic League. Today, I have my answer*:
[Q]: Hi Bill, Did Yankees prospects J.R Murphy or Jose Ramirez get any serious consideration for the Top 20 list? Also, would Graham Stoneburner have been on this list had he not been promoted? Thank you.
[Bill Ballew, BA]: Yes, both received quite a bit of attention. Murphy attracted praise of his bat speed and his ability to put the ball in play, but managers were had neither positive nor negative reactions to his defense. Most believed he was behind Sebastian Valle, Christian Bethancourt and Kyle Skipworth in the league. Ramirez has good size at 6-foot-5 but his stuff right now is fringy across the board. Stoneburner would have been in the discussion but probably would not have made the top 20.
Well, that answers that. I haven’t seen Ramirez pitch so I can’t speak to the comment about his stuff being “fringy” but, again, it does fly in the face of what was previously reported on Ramirez. I guess we’ll find out next year.
Separately, in lieu of a stand-alone column, here is a story* about Charleston Riverdog alumnus, RHP Andrew Brackman (Double-A, Trenton Thunder). Keep in mind, this is a fluff piece so it’s merely for informational and entertainment purposes only. There is nothing of any scouting value written therein.
*Both stories require a subscription to Baseball America.