Under president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman the Los Angeles Dodgers have meticulously improved depth throughout the organization. It’s not a strategy that garners many headlines, but it proved particularly beneficial for the Dodgers in 2016.
Despite setting an MLB record by placing 28 different players on the disabled list, Los Angeles managed to chase down the San Francisco Giants to win a fourth consecutive National League West title. The Dodgers were aided by contributions not only from top prospects, but also previously unheralded Minor Leaguers.
Along with nine players from their Major League roster, the Dodgers also had a slew of Minor League players reach free agency after the World Series concluded.
According to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, the Dodgers have again tended to their organizational depth by signing outfielder Henry Ramos:
Dodgers sign OF Henry Ramos to minor-league deal, source tells SBN.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) November 28, 2016
Ramos was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the fifth round of the 2010 Draft. The switch-hitting outfielder reached Triple-A Pawtucket this season for the first time in his career, batting .247/.285/.400 with eight doubles, three triples, five home runs and 29 RBI in 57 games.
Prior to joining Pawtucket in June, Ramos hit .281/.333/.406 with five doubles, three triples, three home runs and 11 RBI over 42 games with Double-A Portland. He last appeared in a game on Aug. 27, which was a third straight game with the Sea Dogs (Double-A).
The 24-year-old is a lifetime .265/.325/.396 hitter across seven seasons in the Minors.