Jose Ramirez
Jose Ramirez
26-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Cleveland Indians
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$March 2017: Signed a five-year, $26 million contract extension with team options for 2022 and '23. The deal has a maximum value of $50 million.
Receives rare rest
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September 16, 2018
Ramirez will not start Sunday against the Tigers.
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Ramirez will sit for just the fourth time this season. Adam Rosales will get the call at second base.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+5%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+20%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+1%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .889 583 82 20 76 17 .311 .364 .525
Since 2016vs Right .932 1322 210 58 184 54 .301 .384 .548
2018vs Left .852 172 25 6 23 6 .287 .349 .503
2018vs Right 1.021 470 76 32 78 26 .280 .413 .608
2017vs Left .953 229 34 10 31 4 .329 .371 .582
2017vs Right .958 416 73 19 52 13 .312 .375 .583
2016vs Left .841 182 23 4 22 7 .311 .368 .473
2016vs Right .818 436 61 7 54 15 .312 .361 .457
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+10%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+14%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+13%
OPS on Road
2016
 
 
+37%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .961 946 163 37 146 37 .321 .404 .557
Since 2016Away .877 959 129 41 114 34 .289 .352 .525
2018Home 1.039 311 61 19 60 16 .300 .431 .608
2018Away .913 331 40 19 41 16 .267 .363 .551
2017Home .899 319 50 10 37 8 .314 .373 .526
2017Away 1.012 326 57 19 46 9 .322 .374 .638
2016Home .952 316 52 8 49 13 .347 .408 .544
2016Away .694 302 32 3 27 9 .275 .316 .379
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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.
BB/K
1.33
 
BB Rate
14.9%
 
K Rate
11.1%
 
BABIP
.262
 
ISO
.294
 
AVG
.281
 
OBP
.395
 
SLG
.574
 
OPS
.969
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
2014
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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Homer short of cycle
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September 15, 2018
Ramirez went 3-for-4 with three runs, two RBI, a double and a triple in Saturday's 15-0 win over the Tigers.
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Blasts 38th homer
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September 12, 2018
Ramirez went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in Wednesday's loss to the Rays.
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Shifting to second base
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September 10, 2018
Ramirez will play second base once Josh Donaldson (calf) returns from the disabled list Tuesday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
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Hits bench Wednesday
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September 5, 2018
Ramirez is not in the lineup against Kansas City on Wednesday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
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Blasts 37th homer
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August 17, 2018
Ramirez went 1-for-2 with a walk and a two-run home run in Friday's 2-1 win over the Orioles.
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