Boston Red Sox have additional power potential in Roberto Ramos

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JULY 11: Infielder Ramos Roberto #44 of LG Twins bats in the bottom of the eleventh inning during the KBO League game between NC Dinos and LG Twins at the Jamsil Stadium on July 11, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/Getty Images)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JULY 11: Infielder Ramos Roberto #44 of LG Twins bats in the bottom of the eleventh inning during the KBO League game between NC Dinos and LG Twins at the Jamsil Stadium on July 11, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/Getty Images) /
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The Colorado Rockies never gave Roberto Ramos a chance to flash his potential power in the big leagues. Will the Boston Red Sox finally give him an opportunity?

According to a tweet from Boston Red Sox beat writer Chris Cotillo, the Red Sox have inked Ramos to a minor league deal that includes an invitation to spring training. It will be the first MLB-affiliated action for Ramos since playing 127 games for Colorado’s Triple-A affiliate in Albuquerque in 2019. Ramos, a 16th-round draft pick of the Rockies in 2014, was a Pacific Coast League All-Star that season as he hits 30 home runs and drove in 105.

However, despite the power, the Rockies did not call the first baseman up toward the end of the season as rumblings about his strikeout rate (141 strikeouts in 431 at-bats, or 32.7 percent) intensified. Ramos and the Rockies parted ways after the 2019 season and he spent the next two years with the LG Twins of the Korea Baseball Organization.

What the Roberto Ramos signing could mean for the Boston Red Sox

With Ramos now back, the slugging first baseman could give the Red Sox an interesting option to see if he can duplicate his success overseas and in Triple-A. However, he will have to prove himself again. He hit 38 home runs in his first season with the LG Twins but smashed just eight last season as he dealt with a back injury.

As the Red Sox roster stands right now, Bobby Dalbec is slated to go into the season as the team’s starting first baseman. While Ramos likely won’t contend for the starting spot in spring training, he can certainly show that he can bring a power component to the position as a backup (adding to Dalbec’s 25 home runs from last season) or minor league depth piece.

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Boston also has power as the designated hitter spot, another potential spot for Ramos, with J.D. Martinez and his 28 homers from last season.