Kyle Newman, a sports writer for The Denver Post, makes a compelling case for Reggie Smith Academy alumnus Roberto Ramos to advance to Major League status in his recent article, “Rockies’ assessment of their long-term stability at first base begins with Triple-A Albuquerque’s Roberto Ramos”. Roberto, drafted into the Colorado Rockies’ Minor League organization in 2014, has had an excellent 2019 season playing first base for the Albuquerque Isotopes, batting .309 with 26 home runs. Newman describes Roberto as “the most big-league-ready prospect in a farm system overflowing with first-base talent”.
Roberto’s success is the result of his years of dedication and hard work. He grew up in Hermosillo, Mexico, and moved to Southern California as a teenager. His family wanted him to have access to opportunities in the United States, and they knew he would flourish if given the chance. He started training at the Reggie Smith Academy when he was 17 years old, and through his discipline, rapidly advanced both athletically and academically. Roberto helped his high school's baseball team win the Los Angeles City Championship at Dodger Stadium, and was named the game’s MVP. After graduating from high school, Roberto was accepted to College of the Canyons, continuing to play baseball. After earning his Associate of Arts degree, Roberto was drafted by the Colorado Rockies. Today, he's one of their top minor league prospects, and a shining example of the success that exceptional student athletes can achieve.