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Heliot, Henry Ramos finally share outfield in Giants-Rangers spring game originally appeared on nbcsportsbayarea.com
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- With two outs in the top of the eighth inning Sunday, Rangers prospect LeDarious Clark hit a line drive to the wall in right-center. Henry Ramos took off from his spot in right field. At the same time, Heliot Ramos took off from center.
The brothers met at the wall, with Heliot, the younger and faster one, getting there first and relaying the ball back to the infield. It wasn't a great moment for the pitcher on the mound, but it was a very, very cool one for the Ramos family.
Heliot, 19, is one of the organization's top prospects, a potential five-tool outfielder who was drafted in the first round two years ago. Henry, 26, is fighting for a roster spot after coming over from the Dodgers organization in the offseason.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy wanted to try to get Henry going by giving him nine innings worth of at-bats. When he saw Heliot on the minor-league travel list, he hatched an idea. Putting them together was a no-brainer for the manager who once handed the ball to his son, Brett, on a big-league mound.
"You don't know if they'll have that opportunity ever again," Bochy said. "I thought it would be pretty cool to have them both in the outfield, side by side. It was cool to be able to do that for them."
Heliot took over in center in the sixth, with Henry moving from left to right. An inning later, they nearly took part in the same rally. Heliot reached on an error and raced around from second on a single to beat a strong throw home from left. Henry was left in the on-deck circle at the end of the inning.
In the eighth, Henry singled, and Heliot came up two batters later and hit a grounder to short. His older brother was forced out at second. The highlight of the day came from the younger brother, who raced into the gap in left-center to grab what looked like an RBI double.
"I thought he handled himself well," Bochy said of Heliot. "He had a nice catch out there and got his swings in."
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Heliot almost certainly will begin the season in High-A ball, while Henry could provide depth at Triple-A if he doesn't make a late push for the Giants' big-league roster. For one day, though, the brothers finally got to be teammates.
"For me, it's incredible," Henry told MLB.com in the morning. "I've seen him grow up, and I've always wanted to play alongside him."