Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
I have saved the best for last. Up until recently, Aramis Ramirez has been viewed as a strong third basemen; somebody who you can rely on to hold his ground and at times even carry your team. The reason he developed this reputation was through his six straight seasons (04-09) in which he hit .289 or higher and 26-plus home runs (excluding 2009 in which Ramirez missed 80 games due to injury). In 2010, Ramirez strayed from this reputation and was close to a disaster. While he remained an exceptional power hitter, his average was .249, and he had a stint on the DL, limiting him to only 124 games. However, there is hope.
If you are able to get Ramirez around Round 9 or 10, maybe even 11, consider it a gift. Why?
Let's start with the obvious. Ramirez's 2010 BABIP was .245, a full .42 points below his career average. His K/9 and BB/9 rates were worse than his career averages, so a few adjustments this winter should allow Ramirez to bring his average back into the .280-.290 range, with the potential to hit .300.
Where Ramirez's value really stems from is his ability to hit home runs at ease. Over the course of his entire career, Ramirez has hit a home run every 19.82 at-bats. In 2010, not only did he stay on par with this, but he exceeded this number, hitting a home run every 18.5 at bats. Over a 600 at-bat season, that would give Ramirez 32.4 home runs, a very impressive total for a third basemen. Also, if Ramirez had stayed healthy enough to take 600 at-bats at the pace he was hitting, he would have driven in 107.14 runs.
Yes, there is the injury risk with Ramirez, but if you are able to realize how much potential he has, you would be a fool to overlook Ramirez come rounds 10 and 11. If Ramirez stays healthy and his BABIP reverts back to his career norm, Ramirez could find himself near the top of the third baseman rankings come next October.
Aramis Ramirez 2011 Projections: .279 BA, 27 HR, 91 RBI, 2 SB, 74 Runs
Assuming these stats, Ramirez would end up around the sixth or seventh best third basemen. That is not bad for an 11th rounder.