MLB Players To Watch in 2009: Hanley Ramirez

Jerry FrasierContributor IApril 4, 2009

MIAMI - APRIL 18:  Shortstop Hanley Ramirez #2 of the Florida Marlins goes behind second base to take a hit away from Tim Redding #17 of the Washington Nationals at Dolphin Stadium on April 18, 2008 in Miami, Florida. The Nationals defeated the Marlins 6-4.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Hanley Ramirez had a great season in 2008. He batted .301, hit 33 home runs, and knocked in in 67 runs.

Ramirez had a surprisingly low number of RBI last season. Almost half of his RBI were himself with home runs. This year he should be batting in the No. 3 spot, so his RBI total should rise. Also, as he becomes a more experienced player, his batting average should rise. His home run total last year was high; it might wane this year to a little lower total.

Predicted Stats: BA: .318, HR: 26, RBI: 111, R: 120.