Yordany Ramirez is a professional baseball player from the Dominican Republic and specializes in playing in the outfield. Ramirez began his professional playing career in the Dominican Republic before moving to the United States of America in 2001. He appeared for the 2001 MLB Draft but was not picked by any team before being selected by the San Diego Padres as a free agent.
2002 and 2003 were spent in the Rookie League, playing for the Idaho Falls Padres. Starting off slowly, Ramirez batted at just .179 in his first season, moving up to .266 in 2003. He had no home runs and most depended on outfield performances to stand out, if at all. In 2004, although he began with the Arizona Padres, in the Rookie League, he would later go on to play with the Eugene Emeralds in the Low-A Division.
In 43 games, Ramirez had a .259 batting average while hitting the first home run of his pro-career, while hitting 2 for the season. Ramirez led the Arizona Padres with 16 steals. In 2005, he was moved up to the Fort Wayne Wizards in the A-Division where he played 104 games at .222 with 8 homers and 46 RBI.
In 2006, Ramirez kept up his move up to the Advanced A-Division where he was part of 78 games for the Lake Elsinore Storm. A .252 batting average and 3 homers were not good enough to warrant a promotion although he would start 2007 on a better note, with the Lake Elsinore Storm. 82 games yielded 4 homers and 22 stolen bases at a batting average of .269.
In July that year, Ramirez got a direct promotion to the AAA-Division with the Portland Beavers. A .315 batting average with 4 home runs in just 30 games would mean that he would be considered a prime prospect for the MLB roster in 2008. After batting at .283 for the year, overall, with 61 RBIs, 117 hits and 28 stolen bases, Ramirez set a number of career-highs along with his usual display of outfield antics that normally make the highlight’s reel.
At the end of the 2007 season, Ramirez’s contact with the Padres expired and the Houston Astros decided to sign him on and bring him into the MLB roster.