Ramón Laureano was originally signed by Astros scout Jim Stevenson…was born in the Dominican Republic but graduated from Upper Rim Christian HS in Dix Hills, NY, in 2012…attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M for two years (2013-14)…was selected to the Men's Division 1 all- Region 2 team in 2014 after hitting a team-leading .439 with 19 doubles, 13 home runs, 69 RBI and 22 stolen bases...posted a .500 OBP, while recording more walks (21) than strikeouts (18).
Batted .288 with 24 home runs and 67 RBI in 123 games in a season interrupted by a five-week stay on the injured list with a right lower leg stress reaction…added 29 doubles for a .521 slugging percentage… was successful in 13-of-15 (86.7%) stolen base attempts and is now 20-for-23 (87.0%) in his career…led the A's in steals and they were the fewest by an A's team-leader since Shannon Stewart had 11 in 2007…at the age of 24, he is the youngest Athletic with 20 or more home runs and 10 or more stolen bases in a season since Jose Canseco did it in 1988 at the age of 23…despite missing 32 games while on the IL, he tied for third among American League outfielders with 10 assists, including five in his first 18 games…now has 19 assists in 169 career games in the outfield since making his Major League debut on Aug. 3, 2018, which are the most by any ML outfielder over that span…tied for fifth in the AL in sacrifice flies (8) and tied for ninth in hit by pitches (11)…was hitting .265 with a .468 slugging percentage and .782 OPS in 91 games before the All-Star Break…then batted .358 with a .679 slugging percentage and 1.090 OPS in 32 games after the break…his post-break batting average was the best in the AL among players with 100 or more plate appearances…had the third-best slugging percentage and fourth-best OPS…using the same minimum, the batting average was third-best in Oakland history and the slugging percentage ranked fourth…hit 21 of his 24 home runs and collected 59 of his 67 RBI in 109 games as a center fielder…ranked third among AL center fielders in RBI and tied for third in home runs…the home runs were fifth-most in Oakland history by a center fielder and the most since Dave Henderson had 25 in 1991…hit .296 (37-for-125) against left-handed pitchers, .285 (88-for-309) against right-handers…his career splits are .288 against lefties, .288 against righties…batted .292 at home, .284 on the road…was a perfect 8-for-8 in stolen base attempts at home and is now 12-for-12 in his career…hit .288 during the day, .288 at night…his average dropped to .235 with runners in scoring position, including .184 with RISP and two outs…18 of his 24 home runs were solo shots…batted .333 with nine doubles and eight home runs (.700 slugging percentage) when leading off an inning…ranked seventh in the AL in slugging and OPS (1.081) leading off an inning and 10th in batting…is a .339 career hitter with a .693 slugging percentage and 1.097 OPS when leading off an inning…hit .226 with 11 of his 24 home runs and 30 of his 67 RBI with two strikes…committed seven errors in 122 games overall in the outfield, which tied for second among AL outfielders…had a .977 fielding percentage…made a team-leading 104 starts in center field and 11 of his final 12 in right field…went 0-for-3 as a pinch hitter and is now 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in the pinch in his career…started games at every spot in the order except third and ninth…saw his most action with a team-leading 45 games batting eighth…hit .358 with seven home runs and 18 RBI in 26 games batting fifth…had just 27 walks against 123 strikeouts and his average of 4.6 strikeouts per walk was fourth highest in Oakland history among players with 450 or more plate appearances.
OAKLAND: Became the A's sixth different Opening Day starter in center field in the last six years on March 20 against Seattle in Tokyo (Crisp, Fuld, Burns, R.Davis, Powell)…went 0-for-5…had five outfield assists over a 12-game span from April 1 to 14…batted .176 over his first 10 games…then had his first career four-hit game April 5 at Houston (also June 18 vs. Baltimore)…hit .169 over an 18-game stretch from April 16 to May 7, which dropped his average to .216…then batted .317 over his final 87 games…was awarded Major League Baseball's Play of the Week April 22 after robbing Teoscar Hernández of a home run in the second inning on April 21 against Toronto… reached base safely in a career-high 28 consecutive games from May 8 to June 9…hit .318 with a .353 on-base percentage during the streak…it was the second-longest reaching base streak by a center fielder in Oakland history (33, Dwayne Murphy, May 18-June 21, 1979)…grounded into the first double play of his career May 10 against Cleveland…that snapped a career-opening 83-game streak without a GIDP, which was the second-longest such streak in Oakland history (84, Jason McDonald, June 5, 1997-May 9, 1998)…had the walk-off RBI single May 11 vs. Cleveland, his second career game-ending RBI…had a career-high 16-game hitting streak from May 16 to June 4… went 23-for-63 (.365) with nine doubles and three home runs during the streak…had an Oakland record-tying streak of five consecutive games with a double from May 20-25 (fifth time: Tejada, 2003; Long, 2001; Stairs, 1997; Rudi, 1973)…had six home runs and 18 RBI in 57 games through the end of May…then had seven home runs and 22 RBI in 28 games in June…tied for fourth in the AL in RBI in June…had his first career grand slam, a career-high-tying five RBI and his first career two-steal game June 12 at Tampa Bay…became the first Athletic with a grand slam and two stolen bases in the same game since Elmer Valo on June 21, 1949…is the first Athletic with five RBI and two steals in one game since Bing Miller on June 21, 1929…the last Major Leaguer to do it was Brandon Phillips on July 30, 2015 (7 RBI, 2 SB)…went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts June 20 against Tampa Bay, his first career four-strikeout game…it began a 14-game stretch where he hit .196 with 21 strikeouts…was hit by a pitch an Oakland record-tying two times June 22 against Tampa Bay…scored a run in 11 consecutive games from July 5 to 20 (17 runs total), which was the longest such streak by an Athletic since Ben Grieve also had an 11-game streak from April 29-May 10, 2000…it fell one short of the Oakland record of 12…homered in three straight games for the first time in his career, July 6-12…was named AL Player of the Week for the week of July 15-21 after going 13-for-24 (.542) with 10 runs, six doubles, two home runs, two RBI and five multiple-hit games in six games…it was his first career weekly honor…batted .392 with 22 runs, nine doubles, eight home runs, 18 RBI and 11 multiple-hit games in 22 games in July…led the American League in on-base percentage (.443), ranked second in batting (.392), slugging (.838) and OPS (1.281), tied for fourth in runs, tied for fifth in extra base hits (17), tied for sixth in doubles and tied for sixth in home runs…based on a minimum of 75 plate appearances, he had the best July batting average in Oakland history and the second-best slugging percentage and OPS to Mark McGwire in 1996 (.859/1.318)…was placed on the injured list July 31 retroactive to July 28 with a right lower leg stress reaction…did not have a rehab assignment before he was reinstated Sept. 6…made his first two starts in center field before making 11 of his final 12 starts in right… hit .315 in 16 games overall in September…started in right field in the AL Wild Card Game on Oct. 2 against Tampa Bay and went 1-for-3…drove in the A's only run with a third inning sacrifice fly.
Spent the first four months of the season with Triple-A Nashville where he batted .297 with a career-high 14 home runs and 35 RBI in 64 games…was recalled by Oakland Aug. 3 and hit .288 with five home runs and 19 RBI in 48 games with the A's in his Major League debut…started 42 of the A's 52 games in center field following his promotion…had nine outfield assists, which led ML rookies and tied for second in Oakland history by a rookie (11, Mitchell Page in 1977)…they tied for fifth among all American League outfielders…had just 47 games in the outfield and his assists were second most in Athletics history by an outfielder with fewer than 50 games played to Wally Schang, who had 12 in 41 games for the 1915 Philadelphia A's…they matched the most by an ML outfielder with fewer than 50 games over the last 95 years (sixth time, last by Alex Escobar with Cleveland in 42 games in 2004)…all 47 of his defensive appearances came in center field, including 42 starts…was 7-for-8 (87.5%) in stolen base attempts and tied for sixth among AL rookies in steals…did not ground into a double play and his 156 at bats were fourth most in Oakland history among players with no GIDP…they were the most since Jason McDonald had 236 in 1997…hit .297 (33-for-111) with all five of his home runs against right-handed pitchers, .267 (12-for-45) against left-handers…had a .324 batting average with runners in scoring position…batted .322 with four of his five home runs and 16 of his 19 RBI in 28 games at home compared to .246 in 20 games on the road…hit .353 with a .455 on-base percentage and .676 slugging percentage when leading off an inning…batted .309 with all five of his home runs at night…hit .346 over innings 1-6, .173 from the seventh inning on…batted .353 against AL Central teams…slugged four of his five home runs against Texas…struck out in his only pinch hitting appearance…started games at every spot in the order except third and fourth…had his most starts in the eight spot (13) and hit .356 in 16 games overall batting eighth.
OAKLAND: Was recalled from Triple-A Nashville Aug. 3 and went 1-for-5 in a start in center field in his Major League debut that night against Detroit…collected his first hit and RBI with a walkoff RBI single off Buck Farmer in the bottom of the 13th inning of the A's 1-0 win…since the RBI became an official stat in 1920, he is the first Athletic with a walk-off RBI for his first ML hit…had an assist that night and the next game against the Tigers to become the first player in Oakland A's history with an outfield assist in each of the first two games of his career…stole the first base of his career and had his first multiple hit game in a 3-for-4 performance in his third game, Aug. 5 against Detroit…hit the first two home runs of his career Aug. 20 against Texas, both off Bartolo Colon (second and sixth inning)…became the 10th player in Athletics history to hit his first two home runs in the same game (last: Chapman on July 15, 2017)…the two-homer game came in
his 12th game … the only player in Oakland history with a two-homer game earlier in his career is Mitchell Page who did it in his sixth game in 1977…is the fourth player in Oakland history to hit his first Major League home run off a pitcher with at least 200 career wins (last: Kurt Abbott off Jack Morris on Sept. 9, 1993)…is 21 years and 52 days younger than Colon…was three months shy of his third birthday when Colon made his ML debut on April 4, 1997…also had a career-high five RBI on the 20th against the Rangers…batted .317 in 23 games in August…collected his second career two-homer game Sept. 7 against Texas…it came in his 29th game and he is the first player in Athletics history with two-multi homer games in his first 29 games…the previous earliest was Jose Canseco, who did it in his 42nd game on April 21, 1986…his first home run that day led off the game, which was the first leadoff home run of his career…matched his season high with three hits on Sept. 12 at Baltimore and then had two assists the next night against the Orioles… had a career-high seven-game hitting streak from Sept. 19 to 25 (11-for-28, .393)…was the A's starting center fielder in the Wild Card game Oct. 3 at New York and went 0-for-3 with a walk.
NASHVILLE: Had 31 walks with the Sounds for a .380 on-base percentage…was successful in 11-of-13 (84.6%) stolen base attempts…missed the first seven weeks while on the disabled list and the final five with Oakland…while he was the Sounds (May 21-Aug. 1), he ranked fourth in the Pacific Coast League in hits (73), tied for fourth in runs (44), tied for fifth in home runs and ninth in stolen bases…led the A's farm system in slugging (.524), ranked fifth in on-base percentage and tied for sixth in home runs…combined to hit .233 with five home runs and 16 RBI in 35 games in May and June…then batted .372 with nine home runs and 19 RBI in 29 games in July and August…hit .297 (19-for-64) against left-handed pitchers and .297 (54-for-182) against righthanders…batted .324 with nine of his 15 home runs on the road…had a .336 batting average with runners on base…hit .384 in the sixth inning or later, .250 over innings one through five… appeared in 45 games in right field, 19 in center field and one in left field…had 13 assists, which ranked third among PCL outfielders…batted .350 with a .450 on-base percentage in 26 games batting leadoff…hit second 25 times and batted in every spot in the order except fourth, eighth and ninth…began the season on Nashville's disabled list with a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal bone on his left hand…was reinstated May 21…went 4-for-5 with three doubles June 13 at El Paso…it was his first of two four-hit games (July 24 at Las Vegas)…had a season-high 11-game hitting streak from July 1 through the first game of a July 13 doubleheader (16-for-42, .381)…struck out in 19 consecutive games from July 3 to 24 (28 strikeouts total)…hit safely in each of his final 11 games at Triple-A beginning July 20 and was 22-for-44 (.500) with 13 runs, four doubles, five home runs, nine RBI and seven multiple hit games over that stretch…had his
lone two-steal game July 20 against Oklahoma City…stole the 100th base of his minor league career July 30 at Salt Lake…hit .373 with eight home runs and 18 RBI in 28 games in July…walked 13 times and was hit by a pitch four times for a .450 on-base percentage…slugged .673 and had a 1.122 OPS…led the PCL in runs in July (24), tied for the lead in hits (41), ranked second in home runs and slugging, tied for second in extra base hits (16) and fourth in OPS.
Spent his final season in the Houston organization at Double-A Corpus Christi where he batted .227 with 11 home runs and 55 RBI in a career-high 123 games…the batting average was the lowest of his three full seasons as was his .369 slugging percentage and .298 on-base percentage… also had a career-highs 463 at bats…tied for third in the Texas League in triples (6) and ranked fourth in stolen bases (24)…had the fifth lowest batting average among league qualifiers…led TL outfielders in games, assists (16) and double plays (6)…batted .295 (28-for-95) against lefthanded pitching compared to .209 (778-for-368) against right-handers…had an .891 OPS against lefties, .609 against righties…hit .193 with three home runs in 63 games in the first half, .262 with eight home runs in 60 games in the second half…had a .196 average with the bases empty, .268 with runners on…committed four errors in 123 games in the outfield for a .984 fielding percentage…appeared in 95 games in right field and 31 in center field…hit in every spot in the order except ninth…saw his most action hitting first (34) and second (29).
CORPUS CHRISTI: Hit .095 over his first five games but then compiled a season-best 10-game hitting streak from April 11 to 22…went 12-for-43 (.279) with nine RBI during the streak…committed two errors over his first 15 games but followed that with a 74-game errorless streak from April 23 to July 23…drove in a season-high four runs April 28 against Frisco…finished April with a .205 batting average and then hit .188 in May…was successful in each of his 13 stolen base attempts from May 26 to Aug. 19…had his lone two-steal game of the season June 21 against San Antonio…batted .274 in July, which was his best single-month batting average of the season… was named Texas League Batter of the Week for the week of July 3 to 9…went 14-for-29 (.483) with five doubles, two triples, two home runs and five RBI during the week…collected an extra base hit in five consecutive games from July 5 to 9…was a perfect 5-for-5 with two doubles, a triple and three RBI July 9 against Arkansas …went 19 consecutive games without an RBI from July 23 to Aug. 17…then drove in 15 runs over his final 15 games…went 0-for-25 over an eight-game stretch from Aug. 8 to 17…that dropped his average to .204 but he went 22-for-57 (.386) over his final 15 games to finish the year at .227…had an RBI in eight consecutive games from Aug. 22 to 31 and batted .484 with five home runs and 12 RBI over that span…collected his lone two-homer game of the season Aug. 23 against Midland…went 4-for-5 Aug. 29 at Frisco.
Had a breakout campaign while splitting his season between Double-A Corpus Christi and Single-A Lancaster…combined to hit .319 with 28 doubles, seven triples, 15 home runs, 73 RBI and a .955 OPS…named an Astros Organization All-Star by MiLB.com as a utility player…led all of minor league baseball with a .428 on-base percentage as he drew 70 walks in his 116 games… began the year with Lancaster, where he hit .317 with 19 doubles, 10 home runs, 60 RBI and 33 steals en route to being named a California League All-Star…named Lancaster's Player of the Month for July as he hit a blistering .460 with 12 extra-base hits (6 doubles, 2 triples, 4 homers), 15 RBI and a 1.350 OPS 17 games…also named the California League Player of the Week for the week of July 11-17…hit .652 (15-for-23) with six doubles, two triples, four home runs and 11 RBI in seven games that week…was promoted to Corpus Christi on July 21 and finished his season with the Hooks…played in 36 games in Corpus, hitting .323 with five home runs and 10 stolen bases…named Corpus Christi's Player of the Month for August after hitting .318 with 15 runs scored, four doubles, one triple, four homers, six steals and a .944 OPS in 24 games…following the season, was assigned to Glendale in the Arizona Fall League, where he hit .295 with four doubles, eight RBI, four steals and an .817 OPS…got off to a hot start in the AFL as he was named the first AFL Player of the Week for the 2016 season…hit .571 (8-for-14) with two triples, two doubles, three RBI, eight runs scored and three steals in four games that week.
Played his entire season with Class A Quad Cities, where he hit .265 with 15 doubles, eight triples, four home runs and 34 RBI in 76 games.
Drafted by Houston in the 16th round and signed on June 18…assigned to Rookie Level Greeneville and played in just 16 games in his professional debut…placed on the 60-day DL on July 25 and finished his campaign sidelined.