Over the last couple of seasons third baseman Aramis Ramirez has become a very reliable option for fantasy baseball owners at the hot corner. He has hit plenty of home runs, hit for average, and has been a reliable defender throughout his career; all things that have made Ramirez an ideal fantasy candidate.
Last season with the Milwaukee Bucks A-Ram batted an insane .300 including 27 home runs and 105 RBI, which were his best numbers since 2008 with the Chicago Cubs. He finished the year fourth in the National League in RBI, Slugging Percentage (.540), and fourth in OPS (.901). Ramirez had an absolutely monster fantasy season in 2012 and will likely be ranked high on a large numbers of cheat sheets this off-season.
However, before penciling him into your top 25 players, here are a couple of things to consider. Ramirez will be turning 35 years old at the beginning of the season, so there is an obvious concern about his health and longevity entering this season. There are not many third basemen that are older than 35 left in the big leagues, as their legs tend to not be able to take the constant punishment.
Ramirez also has a career batting average of .285, which is not exactly a couple points away from his batting average of .300 last season. There will be an obvious regression towards the mean for Ramirez’s batting average, so make sure not to pay for his batting average in 2013.
Ramirez will be a low-end starter, but will not be the top-8 fantasy option he was this past season. Do not get carried away with this middle-aged third baseman’s fantasy stats from last season, because they will certainly go down. Let someone else draft him inside of the top five rounds, because he will not be worth it in 2013.
2013 Fantasy Prediction: .290 Batting Average, 22 HRs, 87 RBI