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5/30/1972 (44 y, 8 m, 22 d)
1991 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 13, Overall: 13, Team: Cleveland Indians
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Year in Review:
Ramirez certainly ranks as one of the best hitters of our generation. As such, he's one of the only players for whom a wOBA of .396 (as he posted in 2009) could denote a down year. Still, in only 430 PAs, Ramirez was worth 2.7 wins, and of course, nearly all that production came with the bat. His .411 OBP fits right in line with his career numbers, but Manny saw a dip in power in 2009. His ISO of .240 was the lowest number of his career since 1997, and was 36 points below his career average. He maintained an excellent line-drive rate and continued to show excellent plate discipline, drawing a walk in nearly 17% of his plate appearances. Despite down numbers in some categories, Ramirez is still one of the top hitters in the game.
The Year Ahead:
Manny is returning to the Dodgers for another year, creating, along with Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier, one of the most potent offensive outfields in the game. Although Ramirez will be 38 this season, he hasn't shown any signs that age is catching up to him. He'll continue to be a sinkhole in left field, but his bat more than makes up for any deficiencies with the glove. At the plate, there's no reason to expect anything less than Ramirez’ career norms. The biggest reason for his power drop in 2009 was a BABIP of .322, nearly 20 points below his career mark. His excellent plate discipline and power have not deserted him yet, though. Expect a batting average around .300, plenty of homers, RBIs, as well as an OPS in the high .900s. (Jack Moore)
While many owners will focus on Ramirez’s age (39 in May) and his disappearing power (just 9 home runs in 2010), I’m bullish on his abilities to bounce back this year. It’s rare for a player’s power to completely disappear overnight, and given how good Ramirez was in 2008 and 2009, there’s still reason to believe that he can be one of the better designated hitters in the game. Finally given the chance to play the position he was born for, Ramirez won’t have to deal with injuries caused by futilely chasing balls in the outfield, and a healthy Ramirez could be wildly productive, even at this late stage of his career. At worst, he should still hit for a good average, and if the power bounces back, he’ll be a solid fantasy option at both OF and DH. He’s not a superstar anymore, but he’s better than he showed last year. (Dave Cameron)
The Quick Opinion:
You don't generally look for upside in 39-year-olds, but Ramirez is a strong candidate for improvement over last year's numbers. Target him as a buy-low opportunity.
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Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 3:33 AM ET
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