3B Jose Ramirez
Jose Ramirez had a down year for Jose Ramirez, and his season was still really good. He’ll never be a consistent .300 hitter anymore, not with Ramirez worrying about home runs more than ever, but the odds of him being a good .270 hitter are still there. It was also a bit hard to think that he’d have anywhere near the season in 2021 as he did in 2020.
2020 was a sprint, and a lot of guys weren’t worried about lasting 162 games, just 60. If he had played a full season in 2020, he would’ve had 170+ hits, smashed 45 home runs, 43 doubles, and 124 RBIs. Those are some nasty and insane numbers. So yeah, his adjusted figures for 2020 were crazy impressive but his 2021 season was very good nonetheless.
Ramirez continues to be the best part of the Tribe’s offense, and the most consistent hitter, not really having any major lulls in his game for years. Sure his consistency with making contact is nowhere near his 2017 levels anymore but he’s also hitting home runs, even if he’s hitting far fewer doubles.
Ramirez has a player option for the next two seasons and there’s a rising hope that the Indians will offer him an extension after a collective bargaining agreement is reached with the union.