There was an interesting analysis of Hanley Ramirez’s numbers over at The Hardball Times by Derek Carty. Carty did the analysis to address the perception that Hanley Ramirez is the #1 player to be chosen in fantasy leagues. He basically says, Hanley’s great but his numbers don’t reflect a consensus #1 player. In fact they may be comparable to Jose Reyes for 2009. Below in the chart, I recreate some of his statistics and include Miguel Cabrera and Albert Pujols for comparison purposes.
After doing so, the following stands out:
- Cabrera and Ramirez’s numbers are remarkably consistent. It will be interesting to see how much Ramirez hitting 3rd will bring their runs scored and RBI numbers closer together.
- Neither one comes close to Albert Pujols, who is just into what should be the prime of his career – ages 28 to 32. The best ever talk is not an exaggeration with Pujols.
- Ramirez’s low RBI numbers are good evidence that those numbers are very dependent on the the team’s on-base percentage.
- The Ramirez of 2007 justifies the confidence in his greatness. In 2008, he came back to the field, just slightly. So 2009 will answer the question; Which year was the better reflection of his talent?
- As a fan, I think we in Miami have it pretty good. There’s a chance to have the Dwayne Wade of MLB play his entire career here–relax, I said there was a ‘chance.’
Great source for looking up all sorts of statistics and analysis:
The Hardball Times