If we simply combined Jose Ramirez's 2014 and 2015 production, we all would have seen 2016 coming, right? Well, except his batting average would have been around .240 instead of the .312 he hit last season. Ramirez went from an afterthought on draft day to a serviceable fantasy asset in 2016 in many ways. The power department is a bit light, but he should score runs, drive some in, steal bases and hit for average while qualifying at both third base and the outfield in 2017. He is an extreme contact hitter who sprays the ball around the yard. There could be some more thump on the way if his positive GB/FB trend continues and he gets some HR/FB fluctuation. He is just 24 but already has over 1,250 plate appearances in the big leagues. Ramirez looks like a bat-first player instead of the glove-first prospect profile that got him to the majors at 21. Don't bank on growth, but even his new foundation will help as a fantasy depth piece.
Ramirez went 2-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI in Tuesday's 11-4 win over the Twins. He now has five multi-hit performances in his last six games, pushing Ramirez's slash line to .365/.417/.654. The 24-year-old had a breakthrough offensive season in 2016, but given his blistering start to this year, he may not have reached his ceiling yet.
Ramirez went 1-for-2 with a walk and the Tribe's lone RBI in Sunday's 4-1 loss to Detroit. A sacrifice fly in the sixth inning pushed Ramirez into a tie for the AL lead with 13 RBI. Although the Indians dropped their second straight home series, Ramirez made the most of his three-game set versus Detroit. He went 7-for-11 with seven RBI and scored four times while raising his average 79 points over the weekend. Ramirez is keeping up last year's high-end production, as he's now hitting .349/.412/.628 through 43 at-bats over the club's first 12 games.
Ramirez went 4-for-4 with two home runs, a walk, three runs and six RBI Saturday against the Tigers. Ramirez blasted a three-run homer in the first inning, but it was his second three-run blast in the eighth inning that put the game out of reach for the Indians in a winning effort. After a bit of a slow start to begin the season, he's now collected nine hits over his last three games to raise his batting average to .341, and he's quickly resembling the breakout player we saw in 2016.
Ramirez went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI during Thursday's loss to the White Sox. After turning heads with a standout campaign in 2016, Ramirez is limping along to start 2017. With just two runs, a home run, six RBI and a .250/.324/.406 slash line, fantasy owners should hope he can parlay his three-hit showing against Chicago into a solid run at the dish. It's important to add that he's now played nine games at second base, so depending on your positional eligibility rules, Ramirez either already qualifies at the keystone or could soon. That's a nice bonus to your roster flexibility.
Ramirez went 1-for-4 with two RBI in Wednesday's come-from-behind victory over Texas. The 24-year-old has just two hits through his first 12 plate appearances of the campaign, but managed to reach base safely in all three games. Ramirez has been tasked with protecting Edwin Encarnacion in the order, and that should lead to a plethora of at-bats with runners on base. Challenging his career-high 76 RBI from last season is a real possibility in 2017.