Toolsy outfield prospect, Wilkin Ramirez's time in the Tigers organization has come to an end. Reports say he has been traded to the Braves for cash or a player to be named later. The Tigers have until November to decide.
The 24-year-old is currently batting .216 with a .605 OPS in Triple-A. He began the season in Double-A, in which he had a .245 average with .864 OPS. In 2009, he had a .264 average and .784 OPS in a full season with Toledo. He also had 11 at bats with the Tigers last season and hit a home run during his first major league game.
He was designated for assignment earlier in the week during a flurry of moves.
Ramirez has made repeated appearances on Baseball America's top ten prospects for the Tigers organization, including fifth (2006), sixth (2009) and eighth (2010). Recently made his second appearance in the Futures Game for minor league prospects at the All-Star Game. But this has been an organization that has made myriad changes at the minor league level. So possibly this is just continuing to clean out house. True, they needed a spot on the 40-man roster but they could have moved Clete Thomas to the 60-day disabled list if they felt Ramirez was an important part of their future.
Clearly he was not.
Given his lack of success, I don't think it's really worth spending much time worrying about this move. Not every prospect turns out. Maybe a new organization will help.
Be interesting to see if this turns into something interesting for Detroit. It probably won't.
Updated: A few comments via the Detroit News from GM Dave Dombrowski:
"He just has not developed to hit the breaking ball on a consistent basis," general manager Dave Dombrowski said about Ramirez. "Unfortunately the offensive progress wasn't there for us.
"But he works like crazy, and he might get it at some point. Hopefully he will. Sometimes a guy will benefit by a change of scenery."