Jose Ramirez
Jose Ramirez
28-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Cleveland Indians
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Injury Foot
2021 Fantasy Outlook
It hadn't been entirely clear which version of Ramirez would show up over the past few seasons, as he'd mixed excellent stretches with frustratingly poor ones. Those who took a chance on him last year wound up thrilled with the results, however, as he finished as one of the most valuable players in the league. We saw the good version of Ramirez all year, as he posted a .292/.386/.607 slash line with 17 homers and 10 steals, finishing tied for fourth and tied for 10th in the latter two categories. Despite the dominant season, there are reasons to maintain at least a bit of the usual skepticism about Ramirez heading into 2021. He's had 60-game stretches like last season's in the past, so his 2020 numbers weren't breaking new ground, and Statcast didn't fully support his numbers, giving him a .265 xBA and a .510 xSLG. Still, Ramirez doesn't have to repeat his 2020 numbers this year to be quite a strong option. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#11
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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.
Sitting again Sunday
3BCleveland Indians
Foot
June 20, 2021
Ramirez (foot) is not in the lineup Sunday against the Pirates.
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Ramirez is out of the starting nine for the second consecutive contest after exiting Friday's game with a bruised left foot from a hit-by-pitch. It's unclear if Ramirez will be available off the bench or if he's expected to miss any additional time. Ernie Clement will man the hot corner for Cleveland on Sunday.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
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#9
38
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
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#6
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29
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+9%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+8%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+65%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+4%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .916 345 51 18 48 13 .298 .368 .548
Since 2019vs Right .844 725 108 38 125 27 .250 .335 .509
2021vs Left .848 104 14 3 10 3 .301 .375 .473
2021vs Right .916 174 34 13 34 3 .248 .339 .577
2020vs Left 1.380 66 14 8 14 3 .375 .470 .911
2020vs Right .835 184 29 9 32 7 .256 .348 .488
2019vs Left .787 175 23 7 24 7 .269 .326 .462
2019vs Right .815 367 45 16 59 17 .248 .327 .488
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Home/Away Batting Splits
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Even Split
2021
Even Split
2020
 
 
+14%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+5%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .869 515 74 24 87 17 .276 .346 .523
Since 2019Away .866 555 85 32 86 23 .257 .346 .520
2021Home .889 133 22 8 25 1 .271 .338 .551
2021Away .890 145 26 8 19 5 .266 .366 .524
2020Home 1.048 114 20 8 24 4 .306 .395 .653
2020Away .918 136 23 9 22 6 .271 .368 .551
2019Home .785 268 32 8 38 12 .266 .328 .456
2019Away .827 274 36 15 45 12 .245 .325 .502
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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
0.83
 
BB Rate
10.4%
 
K Rate
12.6%
 
BABIP
.253
 
ISO
.269
 
AVG
.269
 
OBP
.353
 
SLG
.537
 
OPS
.890
 
wOBA
.379
 
Exit Velocity
85.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
38.6%
 
Barrels/PA
12.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Not in Saturday's lineup
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Foot
June 19, 2021
Ramirez (foot) will not start Saturday's game against the Pirates, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
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Diagnosed with left foot contusion
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Foot
June 18, 2021
Ramirez was diagnosed with a left foot contusion after leaving Friday's game against the Pirates, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
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Exits Friday's game
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Foot
June 18, 2021
Ramirez left Friday's game against the Pirates in the top of the eighth inning with an apparent foot injury, Mike Persak of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Continues power display
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June 17, 2021
Ramirez went 1-for-5 with a home run and three RBI on Thursday against Baltimore.
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Cranks 15th homer
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June 16, 2021
Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI, two runs scored and a double Wednesday against Baltimore.
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