It was the tale of two halves in 2019 for Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez. He started off poorly batting just .218 but finished the year strong at the plate with a .327 average in the second half of the season.
Ramirez was a first-round pick in 2019 fantasy baseball drafts but according to the latest ADP data he’s now being selected with the 19th overall pick.
Sports Illustrated’s fantasy baseball analyst Shawn Childs and Cleveland Baseball Insider's Matt Loede weigh in on Ramirez’s fantasy baseball value in the above video.
You can read the transcript from their conversation below:
Corey Parson: The Major League Baseball season could be starting later this summer, but fantasy baseball owners are drafting right now, at least some of you are. I'm Corey Parson, the fantasy executive here for SI.com. Getting ready to talk a little Cleveland Indian Baseball. I'm joined by S.I Fantasy and gambling analyst Shawn Childs, and Cleveland baseball insider, Matt Loede. Matt, last season we saw Jose Ramirez kind of struggle. What do you think his chances are to bounce back this year?
Matt Loede: I think he really does have a great opportunity with this ball club. He was actually coming around and hitting the ball very well when he got injured last year in the last month of the season. Still ended the year hitting 255 with 23 home runs. A lot of people thought that he fell in love with a home run swing the year before when he ended up hitting 39 home runs and driving in 105 runs and he was over swinging. He shortened his swing a little bit last year, in the month of July, started to come around a little bit and was probably the best hitter on the team when he got injured. I think he's going to have a good season for the Indians and I think his attitude and his energy is infectious with this ball club.
Corey Parson: Shawn, what do you think about Ramirez from a Roto baseball perspective?
Shawn Childs: As Matt said, you know, the first month of the season, he kind of struggle, had a broken hand in the year, but he was special for about 34, 35 games after July. The trick here is that he's a guy that wants to hit flyballs. He's really kind of pushed a fly ball rate higher of last couple years, which really, really helps his power. But it also leads to some easier outs. His contact batting average last two years, 313, 301. So when you look at that you like the highest he possibly could hit is three, 313, 301 if everything was in place. That's why his batting average is kind of trailing in his career. Started off a lot better in that area, has a good approach. He'll take walks, doesn't strike out much. So if it all comes back together where his contact batting average shifts back over 350, he's going to be a guy that's going to be a five-category player. So it's all about the power here in the batting average. But he has the skill set to come on and his speed is really, really a bonus with this type of player.
Corey Parson: All right, thanks a lot, Shawn. Thanks a lot, Matt. For the latest from the majors and fantasy baseball, make sure used to keep it tuned right here at SI.com.
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