Fantasy Stats: .261 BA, 36 R, 11 HR, 42 RBI, 9 SB (292 PA)
It's safe to say that 2014 Hanley Ramirez isn't exactly 2013 Hanley Ramirez, huh? The 30-year-old is fast approaching the same number of games (69 to 86) and plate appearances (292 to 336) he had during his monster season a year ago, but the other numbers are nowhere near the same.
Remember, this is a guy who hit .345 with 62 runs, 20 homers and 57 RBI despite missing half the season with injuries. The only fantasy category that looks similar this time around is stolen bases, as he finished with 10 in 2013.
That has to have more than a few Ramirez owners out there at least slightly frustrated. Plus, the injury issues haven't gone away, as practically never-ending dings and dents have cost Ramirez a game or three here and there. The video up top has evidence.
All that said, Ramirez is still displaying good plate discipline (11.3 walk percentage), making lots of contact (16.1 strikeout rate) and sporting promising batted ball numbers. Translation: While he might not have another half-season at 2013 levels in him going forward, Ramirez has yet to really get untracked.
Call it a gut feeling, but there's a good chance we haven't seen the best of Ramirez yet, and this is the type of dangerous hitter who can go on a team-carrying tear. The price won't be cheap, because Ramirez still has been a strong starter at shortstop, but landing him at even 80-90 cents on the dollar could pay off.