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Good Fegan piece on Ramos/Colas/Burke.


Here some of the Ramos stuff. The rest is good too. Subscribe to the Athletic.


Bundy is fluent in Spanish, managing a Dash roster heavy on Latin American-born positional talent. So it’s more in passing that he notes how fluent Ramos has already grown in English, allowing him to assert himself as a leader in a clubhouse filled mostly with older players, and produce outcomes like a close friendship with Virginia-born catcher Adam Hackenberg.

“The big thing early that got Bryan off to a good start was he wasn’t missing his pitch, and he was staying on his fastball and he was using the whole field,” Bundy said. “His approach is being gap-to-gap, and he has power right-center. He can hit the ball out of the ballpark the other way. So I think once he settles in again, he’ll be just fine.”

Bundy and hitting coach Nicky Delmonico are in the process of getting Ramos to settle back in after a cold stretch to start May has muted consideration of promoting him to Double A for now. Brought on by what Bundy feels was a combination of bad weather getting Ramos out of his batting cage routine and overly aggressive, pull-happy swings, he finished this weekend hitting .167/.261/.200 for the month. But Thursday saw Ramos collect his first extra-base hit and first multi-hit game since May 3 as part of a small five-game hitting streak that suggests he’s pulling out of it. Bundy is quick to note that Ramos’ strike zone judgment (10.1 percent walk rate, 17.4 percent strikeout rate in May) has not fallen apart during his slump.

“Bryan has a very good idea of what he wants to do when he goes up to the plate, and as long as he stays with his plan, he’ll have success all the way up,” Bundy said. “But what I’ve seen a little bit here lately with Bryan is that he’s — I don’t know if it’s intentionally or unintentionally — but he’s been getting around some balls almost to the pull side of it.”

So far, it’s shaken out to a .296/.361/.447 line through 33 games this season, which, regardless of the streaks and slumps that put it together, represents encouraging progress for a young hitter still facing predominately older competition. The faith the organization has in Ramos’ bat has placed a focus on how high on the defensive spectrum they can keep him as he progresses. There are people with the Sox who believe Ramos has the athleticism to handle an outfield corner if the infield doesn’t work out down the line. But Bundy believes Ramos has been above-average defensively at third so far and was preparing for a visit this month from Sox infield coordinator Ryan Newman that would see Ramos get some more work at second base.


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