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July 06, 2017

Season Stats: .330/.382/.597 (147 OPS+), 16 HR, 45 RBIs, 3.4 WAR

Looking for the most underappreciated All-Star in 2017? Ramirez is an easy choice for that distinction. The addition of slugger Edwin Encarnacion was supposed to be the Indians’ key to return to the World Series, but the emergence of Ramirez—all 5’9” and 165 pounds of him—has been central to Cleveland’s strong recent play after an underwhelming start to the season.

Ramirez has improved his power stroke (he’s already at 16 homers after hitting 11 in 152 games last season), is third in the AL in batting average (behind only Altuve and Judge) and leads the league in extra-base hits (48). Maybe he won’t get his due until the playoffs arrive, but Ramirez—at 24 years old—is a worthy addition to the fantastic crop of young players in the bigs.

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