Team: Miami Marlins
Remember a few years ago when Ramirez was considered to be the default No. 1 pick in fantasy drafts everywhere?
That seems so long ago. Now Ramirez’s name can be found in articles about how risky he is to draft.
The major question this year will be how Ramirez handles the transition to third base. Since Miami signed Reyes, Ramirez had to shift over to the hot corner. No one can be sure how he will handle this adjustment mentally and if it will affect him throughout the season.
Speaking of being “mental,” Ramirez owners will still have to contend with Hanley dealing with the continued accusations that he is “lazy.” Suspensions do not help him put up stats for your team.
Injuries are another item to consider when drafting Ramirez. Do not forget that he had to endure offseason surgery on his left shoulder.
Lastly, Ramirez’s power and steals are both down. What made him such an incredible option was you had a shortstop who could hit 25-plus homers, steal over 30 bases and hit over .300! If his power, steals or both continue to decline, so does Ramirez’s status as a top-25 pick.
When he was a shortstop, I was willing to overlook some of this, but the day he loses eligibility at SS is the day Ramirez falls off my top 25 list. That is unless he starts having 30-30 seasons again.