2022 Player Outlook
While Ramirez posted just a .266 average, the second-lowest batting average of his career, he stuffed the stat sheets for his fantasy owners with 36 home runs, 103 RBI, 111 runs scored and 27 stolen bases. His plate discipline numbers and all of his peripherals fell right in line with his three-year averages and he closed out the season as the top third baseman across both leagues. If you wanted to criticize, then you can certainly point to some of his bad streaks such as a .215 July with minimal production and the fact that he only stole nine bases in the first half. But if you opted to withstand the rough month and held onto him, you certainly reaped some tremendous benefits. In a no-brainer move, the Guardians picked up Ramirez' $12M option for 2022 and if he continues to produce at this level, they'll likely pick up his $14M option for 2023 as well. Still just 29-years old, we don't expect any sort of a drop-off in production yet, so continue to view Ramirez as one of the top third basemen in the game and well worth your attention on draft day.