Through the first two months of the 2013 fantasy baseball season, Los Angeles Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez was on a short list of busts of the year. He played just four games and started the season off on the disabled list with a dislocated thumb that he injured in the World Baseball Classic this spring.
Ramirez returned to play in just four games before he was unfortunately placed back on the disabled list after injuring his left hamstring. It was an absolutely crushing blow to the fantasy community, but some patient owners still stashed away the 2009 National League batting champion (.342) in hopes that he would eventually return to form this season.
Well, he has. Since returning from his latest stint on the shelf, Ramirez has an outstanding .405 (30-74) batting average. He also has clubbed six home runs to go along with 18 RBIs and three stolen bases.
The shortstop has finally started to live up to his preseason hype and has reclaimed his starting spot in fantasy lineups. Most fantasy owners wrote off the value of Han-Ram in 2013, however, his most recent outburst has proven that he is ready to produce again.
Ramirez has become a must-start again in all fantasy formats, and considering how incredibly thin the shortstop position is right now, it couldn’t have come at a better time.