Jose Ramirez

Jose Ramirez

30-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Cleveland Guardians
Out
Injury Thumb
Est. Return 2/1/2023
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Ramirez is a machine who consistently pumps out terrific fantasy seasons yet rarely goes first overall in a draft. He finished as the third best player behind Judge and Goldschmidt this year despite playing two-thirds of the season with a hand injury which required offseason surgery. Ramirez set a career high in RBIs thanks to better talent in front of him in the lineup while dropping in homers and runs scored likely due to the hand and the inconsistent talent behind him in the lineup. 2022 was the fourth consecutive season he swiped 20 or more bases in a full season as well. The only knock on him is that he is a mere human at the plate when he hits righty, but that is only because he is that terrific hitting from the other side where he spends 80% of his time in the box. He still is unlikely to go first overall in a draft, but he is money in the bank when he is in the lineup with infinitesimal risk in his profile. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a five-year, $124 million contract extension with the Guardians in April of 2022.
Undergoes thumb surgery
3BCleveland Guardians
Thumb
November 9, 2022
Ramirez (thumb) underwent surgery Wednesday on his right thumb, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.
ANALYSIS
Ramirez required a procedure to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in the thumb. The 30-year-old is expected to be able to return to baseball activities in 6-to-8 weeks, placing little doubt on his availability for spring training in February. After noticing a decline in production while playing through the injury for the second half of the 2022 campaign, Ramirez will look to return to form in 2023 and remains a elite fantasy option at third base.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
116
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
41
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+1%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+26%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+2%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+65%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .892 455 67 25 72 14 .280 .356 .536
Since 2020vs Right .897 1116 178 57 203 43 .273 .360 .537
2022vs Left .729 178 19 6 28 5 .236 .315 .414
2022vs Right .918 507 72 23 98 15 .295 .369 .550
2021vs Left .882 211 34 11 30 6 .289 .355 .526
2021vs Right .899 425 77 25 73 21 .254 .355 .544
2020vs Left 1.380 66 14 8 14 3 .375 .470 .911
2020vs Right .835 184 29 9 32 7 .256 .348 .488
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+1%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+10%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+14%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .901 761 112 40 136 27 .272 .361 .540
Since 2020Away .891 810 133 42 139 30 .278 .357 .534
2022Home .829 339 37 11 54 9 .269 .354 .475
2022Away .908 346 54 18 72 11 .289 .355 .553
2021Home .929 308 55 21 58 14 .263 .357 .571
2021Away .861 328 56 15 45 13 .269 .354 .507
2020Home 1.048 114 20 8 24 4 .306 .395 .653
2020Away .918 136 23 9 22 6 .271 .368 .551
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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.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.84
 
BB Rate
10.1%
 
K Rate
12.0%
 
BABIP
.279
 
ISO
.235
 
AVG
.280
 
OBP
.355
 
SLG
.514
 
OPS
.869
 
wOBA
.366
 
Exit Velocity
87.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
29.3%
 
Barrels/PA
5.1%
 
Expected BA
.255
 
Expected SLG
.408
 
Sprint Speed
22.6 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
32.4%
 
Line Drive %
17.0%
 
Fly Ball %
50.6%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Ramirez compiled another exemplary season, albeit with his second-lowest batting average since becoming a full-time player in 2016. However, he made up for it with bountiful counting stats, including a new personal high in runs. Ramirez's average exit velocity and average exit velocity on flyballs were both career bests. As good as his campaign was, Statcast has him five homers shy of his expected total. Ramirez swiped only eight bases through the break, but he ran wild over the second half, collecting 19 more while being caught just twice. Other than a low average, if there's a fault with Ramirez, it's inconsistency. While he did post a low .799 OPS in July, he ranged between .864 and .977 the other five months. Other than 2019, Ramirez hasn't missed more than 10 games in a season as a fulltime player. Durability, reliability, and a treasure trove of counting stats lands Ramirez among the elite hitters.
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.
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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Thumb surgery scheduled
3BCleveland Guardians
Thumb
November 8, 2022
Ramirez will undergo thumb surgery Wednesday, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
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Requires hand surgery
3BCleveland Guardians
Hand
October 19, 2022
Ramirez is scheduled to undergo surgery on his right hand in the coming weeks after the Guardians lost to the Yankees in Game 5 of the ALDS on Tuesday, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
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Four hits to end season
3BCleveland Guardians
October 5, 2022
Ramirez went 4-for-5 with a double, two RBI and one run scored in Wednesday's 9-2 victory over the Royals.
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Secures another 20-20 season
3BCleveland Guardians
October 2, 2022
Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two stolen bases in a 7-5 win Sunday over Kansas City.
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Day off Saturday
3BCleveland Guardians
October 1, 2022
Ramirez isn't starting Saturday against the Royals.
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