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Coming off two massive seasons, Jose Ramirez was a consensus top-10 pick in 2019 fantasy baseball drafts. He just had a 30-30 season, where racked up 39 home runs, 105 RBI and 110 runs scored while stealing 34 bases. Every one of his counting stats were career highs for the middle infielder.
While his stats were monstrous, Ramirez's .270 batting average was telling of his struggles in the second half of the 2018 season. He hit a sparkling .302 heading into the All-Star break, but struggled mightily post-break with a .218 batting average.
In his last 81 games overall, Ramirez has a .187 batting average and just six homers. He's not the same guy you likely spent a first-round pick on in your fantasy draft a few short months ago.
While Ramirez is still showing elite patience at the plate with 24 walks and 29 strikeouts roughly two months into the 2019 season, his triple slash of .194 AVG/.297 OBP/.303 SLG leaves a lot to be desired.
His one saving grace is that he's still stealing a ton of bases (12, tied for third in the league), but with four homers and seven doubles through 47 games, those are alarming totals for a guy who has averaged 86 extra-base hits over the past two seasons.
So what's wrong with Ramirez? Simply put, he's not hitting very well. A .210 BABIP this season isn't helping his cause, but Ramirez is also sporting three-year lows in a number of advanced stats, including barrel percentage, wOBA and hard hit percentage.
So while Ramirez still has fantasy value as a base stealer, there are several signs that his days as a fantasy stud may have been short-lived. If you still have a chance, now might be the time to sell this fantasy asset before his stock plummets even further.
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