The Cincinnati Reds have signed outfielder Henry Ramos to a minor league deal with an invitation to big league spring training. Jon Heyman of MLB Network was the first to report this on Monday night.
Henry Ramos spent the 2022 season playing in the KBO in Korea, but his season was limited as he played in just 18 games. In that time he hit .250/.304/.417. He’s spent the winter playing in the Puerto Rican Winter League for Mayaguez. In 47 games he hit .261/.339/.395 with 16 walks and 23 strikeouts. As we’ve noted several times while providing updates on Jose Barrero, who also played for Mayaguez this winter – this league is extremely pitcher friendly and the league average OPS in .610, and no single team has an OPS over .646.
Ramos, who will turn 31-years-old in April, reached the big leagues with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2021. He hit .200/.255/.300 in 18 games played. That was his only time spent in Major League Baseball. In Triple-A that season he played in 75 games with Reno and hit an impressive .371/.439/.582 with 12 home runs, 16 doubles, and he added a triple for good measure. Unlike the Puerto Rican Winter League, things are not pitcher friendly in Reno. The team that season hit .294/.373/.518 and the pitching staff had an ERA of 6.29.
In parts of 11 minor league seasons Ramos is a career .282/.341/.431 hitter. He’s spent parts of five seasons in Triple-A and he’s hit better than that, posting a .297 average to go along with a .350 on-base percentage, and a .471 slugging percentage.
Defensively he’s played all three outfield positions, but in the last few years he hasn’t spent much time in center except when he’s played winter league baseball. All 18 of his games in Korea came as a right fielder.
With Henry Ramos getting an invitation to big league camp, the Reds spring training roster is now up to 52 players. Everyone on the 40-man roster is automatically invited to big league camp, but with Ramos there are now 12 minor league invites. He’ll be joined by fellow outfielder Allan Cerda, catchers Jhonny Pereda, Chuckie Robinson, and Austin Romine, as well as pitchers Silvino Bracho, Alan Busenitz, Daniel Duarte, Tayron Guerrero, Kevin Herget, Ben Lively, and Jared Solomon.