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Jose Ramirez
Birthdate: 9/17/1992 (24 y, 6 m, 8 d)     Bats/Throws: B/R     Height/Weight: 5-9/165     Position: 3B/SS
Contract: $0.5M / 1 Years (2016)
RotoWire News: Ramirez has signed a four-year, $26 million extension with the Indians, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports. (3/24/2017)
Profiles:  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: There are people who will tell you that Jose Ramirez's breakout 2016 season came out of nowhere and cannot be repeated. Ignore those people. Compared to his 2015 season, Ramirez had slight decreases in both walk rate and strikeout rate, while his fly ball ratio and home run to fly ball rate stayed the same. So what changed? He pulled the ball less, using all fields and hitting more line drives. His Hard% went up a little, but he brought down his Soft% a lot. He swung more aggressively, particularly at pitches in the zone, without losing any contact. He also get much luckier - instead of a .232 batting average on balls in play, he posted a .333 BABIP (which might be related to that batted ball data). The thing is, every single one of those changes is easily repeatable. The BABIP might come down a bit, closer to .300 than .330. But it also might not. Either way, don't be surprised when Ramirez posts a 2017 that looks an awful lot like his 2016.(Chad Young)

The Quick Opinion: Jose Ramirez posted a pretty awful 2015 and was mostly written off by fantasy owners for 2016. Don't make the same mistake those owners made - he should be able to repeat most of his 2016 this coming season.

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