Alexei Ramirez, Chicago White Sox, SS
4. Alexei Ramirez SS
The Cuban Missile won a Silver Slugger award and appeared in the All-Star game last season. Can he repeat that success in 2015?
At 33 years old, it’s hard to believe he will, but that doesn’t mean his production doesn’t warrant a spot on your roster. Shortstop is usually a position where it’s tough to grab consistent production. There are plenty of flashier options out there, such as Hanley Ramirez and Troy Tulowitzki, but that flash comes with risk.
Injuries and dips in production have plagued many of the game’s top talents in recent years. Alexei, though, has remained consistent.
He has batted .265 or better each season, hit 70-plus RBIs four out of the last five years, and swiped 20 or more bases the last three. Father time may dampen his production this season compared to last, when he posted a .273/.305/.408 slash line, but even so, he’s a safe bet at a premier position.
Ramirez should get plenty of opportunities to drive in runs with a lineup that boasts plenty of hitters that know how to get on base. Adam Eaton, Jose Abreu, Avisail Garcia, Adam LaRoche, and Melky Cabrera will do a fine job setting the table; all Ramirez has to do is put the ball in play.
I’m betting on a .268 average, 12 HR, 71 RBI and 20 SB for the Missile in ’15.