Jose Ramirez
Jose Ramirez
27-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Cleveland Indians
2020 Fantasy Outlook
The 2019 season for Ramirez was a three-part play. The opening act saw the 2018 MVP candidate hit .214/.309/.325 over the first three months of the season with five HR. The 18 steals helped sustain some value in what looked like a completely lost season for many fantasy owners' first-round pick, but it was obviously not the production they envisioned. The second act saw Ramirez hit .320/.354/.691 from July 1 until he broke his hamate bone Aug. 24, with 15 HR, six steals and 45 runs driven in. Joey Gallo injured his hamate two weeks earlier than Ramirez and never came back in 2019. All Ramirez did was come back in the final week of the season, hit three more HR in three games, knock in eight more runs and try his best to push his club into the postseason. Another 30-30 season could be in store for Ramirez in 2020 if he can recover his OBP skills from 2018 as he did in the second half. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a five-year, $26 million contract extension with the Indians in March of 2017. Contract includes $11 million team option ($2 million buyout) for 2022 and $13 million team option for 2023.
Big game against Cincinnati
3BCleveland Indians
August 6, 2020
Ramirez went 3-for-5 with a triple, two home runs, four runs scored and four RBI in Thursday's 13-0 win over the Reds.
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Ramirez got the scoring started for Cleveland, smashing a 98-mph fastball from Luis Castillo into the right-field seats. He went on to homer from the other side of the plate against a lefty (Cody Reed). This game bumped his line from .277/.382/.447 to .308/.400/.615 -- Ramirez has only attempted one steal through 14 games, but nobody's complaining.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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17
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+10%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+77%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+4%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+22%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .821 384 54 15 52 14 .273 .336 .485
Since 2018vs Right .901 943 137 51 150 45 .259 .369 .532
2020vs Left 1.287 17 3 2 4 0 .375 .412 .875
2020vs Right .729 70 10 2 10 1 .233 .329 .400
2019vs Left .787 175 23 7 24 7 .269 .326 .462
2019vs Right .815 367 45 16 59 17 .248 .327 .488
2018vs Left .809 192 28 6 24 7 .267 .339 .471
2018vs Right .991 506 82 33 81 27 .271 .405 .586
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+10%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+215%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+5%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+9%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .918 651 105 31 110 29 .281 .382 .536
Since 2018Away .838 676 86 35 92 30 .247 .337 .501
2020Home 1.284 43 9 4 11 0 .395 .442 .842
2020Away .408 44 4 0 3 1 .132 .250 .158
2019Home .785 268 32 8 38 12 .266 .328 .456
2019Away .827 274 36 15 45 12 .245 .325 .502
2018Home .981 340 64 19 61 17 .278 .418 .563
2018Away .900 358 46 20 44 17 .263 .358 .542
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Stat Review
How does Jose Ramirez compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.60
 
BB Rate
10.3%
 
K Rate
17.2%
 
BABIP
.276
 
ISO
.237
 
AVG
.263
 
OBP
.345
 
SLG
.500
 
OPS
.845
 
wOBA
.366
 
Exit Velocity
83.6 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
33.9%
 
Barrels/PA
8.5%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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At the end of July, Ramirez was fantasy's most valuable player, having hit .298/.408/.630 with 32 home runs and 25 stolen bases through 105 games. Ramirez then limped to a .210/.343/.387 line with seven homers and nine steals over his final 52 regular-season games. So, how much do we downgrade him because of that late slide? Per Statcast, Ramirez had a .209 xBA, .339 xSLG and 87.3 mph average exit velocity over the final two months, so it wasn't just all bad luck. His average flyball distance was also down to 181 feet down the stretch (203 feet over the first four months). The final numbers were still elite, but given the caliber of talent in the game today, it's not unreasonable to think Ramirez, a top-five overall earner in 2018, should perhaps fall closer to the 1-2 turn in mixed leagues.
Following his breakout 2016 campaign, Ramirez arguably was the top player for a 102-win Indians squad last season, raising his production in every meaningful fantasy category except steals. Even so, Ramirez still swiped 17 bags to go with 29 long balls, making him one of only four players in baseball to reach both benchmarks. Even the MLB-wide jump in power wasn't enough to dim the luster on his 115-point improvement in ISO, and Ramirez's sterling plate discipline, downward-trending GB/FB rate and ability to spray the ball around the yard are skills that make him a good bet to keep his average near or above .300. Moreover, Ramirez's placement in the heart of a potent lineup should keep propping up his run and RBI outputs, making the 25-year-old one of the few true five-category contributors. Due to Jason Kipnis missing extensive time last season, Ramirez regained eligibility at the keystone in addition to third base heading into 2018, further burnishing his credentials as a worthy selection in the first two rounds of fantasy drafts.
If we simply combined Ramirez's 2014 and 2015 production, we all would have seen 2016 coming, right? Well, except his batting average would have been around .240 instead of the .312 he hit last season. Ramirez went from an afterthought on draft day to a serviceable fantasy asset in 2016 in many ways. The power department is a bit light, but he should score runs, drive some in, steal bases and hit for average while qualifying at both third base and the outfield in 2017. He is an extreme contact hitter who sprays the ball around the yard. There could be some more thump on the way if his positive GB/FB trend continues and he gets some HR/FB fluctuation. He is just 24 but already has over 1,250 plate appearances in the big leagues. Ramirez looks like a bat-first player instead of the glove-first prospect profile that got him to the majors at 21. Don't bank on growth, but even his new foundation will help as a fantasy depth piece.
Ramirez opened the season as the Tribe's starting shortstop but struggles at both the plate and in the field got him shipped out to Triple-A Columbus two months into the season. He was hitting .176/.243/.235 at the time of his demotion despite a respectable strikeout (13.8%) and walk (7.5%) rate that was undermined by a .200 BABIP mark. A .293/.354/.408 mark in 44 games earned him a promotion back to Cleveland when Jason Kipnis landed on the DL in August and he saw time at second base, third base and left field upon his return. He rewarded the Indians with a .259/.337/.438 line over his last 40 games, dropping his strikeout rate (8.2%) and bumping up his walk rate (10.4%) along the way. Barring a trade, Ramirez is positioned to serve as a backup infielder in Cleveland for 2016.
When Asdrubal Cabrera was traded away, many were surprised that Cleveland did not call up uber-prospect Francisco Lindor to see what he could do at the big league level. Ramirez quickly showed why that was not necessary. At the plate, he held his own despite his youth and swiped 10 bases in 11 tries, but Ramirez really shined in the field. Slash and dash is the name of the game for Ramirez while he looks over his shoulder to see what Lindor is up to on the farm. He's a nice late-round speed source for AL-only players, while mixed leaguers can pick him up in the reserves.
The Indians have a plethora of middle-infield prospects and it's easy to overlook a guy like Ramirez as a result. He received a short look with the Indians in September to give the team some speed off the bench, but he spent the rest of the season at Double-A Akron as a 20-year-old, hitting .272/.325/.349 with 38 steals. It certainly wasn't as impressive as his 2012 season (.354/.404/.465), but keep in mind that he skipped High-A entirely. He doesn't strike out much and has a decent enough eye at the plate to take full advantage of his speed. Ramirez won't hit for power, but his speed makes him an intriguing fantasy prospect at the keystone should he find his way into a situation where he's no longer blocked by Jason Kipnis.
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Swipes first bag
3BCleveland Indians
July 31, 2020
Ramirez went 1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and a stolen base in Friday's 4-1 loss to the Twins.
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Homers twice in win
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July 26, 2020
Ramirez went 3-for-5 with two home runs, four RBI, four runs and one strikeout in Sunday's win against the Royals.
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Hits double in season opener
3BCleveland Indians
July 24, 2020
Ramirez went 1-for-3 with a double during Friday's 2-0 win over the Royals.
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Cracks two homers in spring
3BCleveland Indians
March 23, 2020
Ramirez hit .320 with two home runs and seven RBI in nine games during spring training.
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'Fine' after being hit by pitch
3BCleveland Indians
February 20, 2020
Manager Terry Francona said that Ramirez is "fine" after he was hit by a pitch on the foot during batting practice Thursday, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
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