Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 11/17/14
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Alexei Ramirez‘s fantasy ranking has trended down each of the last two seasons. In his first three (2008-2010) he batted .290, .277, and .282. In the last two years he’s failed to bat better than .269. Last year the free-swinging Ramirez took that approach to a whole new level, walking just 2.6% of the time and swinging at 41.5% of the pitches he saw outside the strike zone (for comparison he was around 35% in 2010 and 2011). His 12.4% strikeout rate was within his career norms, but because of lack of plate discipline he does a poor job of squaring up on the ball for solid contact. While his 19.8% line-drive rate in 2012 was a career-best, it was still below league average. And Ramirez’s 12.6% infield fly rate was worse than league average as well. For a player with as much speed as Ramirez, he shouldn’t struggle to have a .300 BABIP, but alas, he does. But we’re OK sacrificing the great batting average for a chance at 30-35 homers and steals combined. It’s just that usually we expe...
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