Jose Ramirez has been really valuable for the Cleveland Indians in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Friday 27 May 2016 at 6:54 pm

23-year old switch-hitting IF/OF Jose Ramirez has been a godsend for the Cleveland Indians in 2016.  He can play virtually anywhere on the field (except pitcher and catcher), so he has been playing somewhere almost every night for the Tribe.  He has played in 39 games for the Tribe so far this year and he is 37 of 129 (.287 avg, .776 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 3 homers, 18 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Ramirez has now played in 219 games in his first four years with the Indians and he is 172 of 693 (.248 avg, .669 OPS) with 102 runs scored, 11 homers, 62 RBIs and 23 stolen bases.  The Indians hope that Ramirez keeps up the good work.

Francisco Lindor continues rolling along for the Cleveland Indians

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 10 May 2016 at 6:24 pm

22-year old switch-hitting SS Francisco Lindor is building off his dazzling rookie season for the Cleveland Indians so far in 2016.  He has played in 29 games for the Tribe so far this year and he is 35 of 112 (.313 avg, .787 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 2 homers, 12 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Lindor has now played in 128 games in his first two years with the Indians and he is 157 of 502 (.313 avg, .824 OPS) with 69 runs scored, 14 homers, 63 RBIs and 17 stolen bases.  Lindor doesn’t just excel with a bat in his hand, as he is a dazzling defensive shortstop.  Lindor is the complete package and he is a player the Indians can build around.

Rajai Davis is giving the Cleveland Indians a spark with his speed

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Saturday 16 April 2016 at 2:59 pm

The Cleveland Indians were pretty much a station to station offensive team in 2015.  The free agent addition of 35-year old righty swinging outfielder Rajai Davis has sparked the offense so far this year with his speed.  He has played in 8 games for the Indians so far this year and he is 7 for 31 (.226 avg, .713 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer, 2 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  But, he has whiffed 12 times so far this year, which is way too many.  That being said, he gets opposing pitchers nervous when he’s on base.  The Tribe should find a way to keep Davis on the field even when Michael Brantley and Lonnie Chisenhall return from the D.L.

Jose Ramirez is off to a good start for the Cleveland Indians in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Monday 11 April 2016 at 4:02 pm

Switch-hitting Jose Ramirez started last season as the Tribe’s starting SS, but he stunk it up there and got replaced by Francisco Lindor.  Ramirez played in 97 games for the Indians last year and he was 69 of 315 (.219 avg, .631 OPS) with 50 runs scored, 6 homers, 27 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.  Ramirez came to spring training like a man on a mission!  He not only earned a spot on the Indians’ roster, but he has been playing all over the place this year….including the outfield.  Ramirez has played in 3 games for the Tribe so far this year and he is 5 for 13 (.385 avg, .846 OPS) with 2 runs scored and 1 RBI.  Look for Ramirez to keep getting his fair share of P.T. as long as he continues to rake at the plate.

Carlos Santana seems to be adjusting to his new role with the Cleveland Indians so far

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 7 April 2016 at 8:48 pm

29-year old switch-hitting Carlos Santana didn’t seem too keen on being a full time DH this year, but he might be warming up to the idea.  Not having to worry about playing defense seems to have helped him focus at the plate.  In his first two games this year for the Indians, he is 3 for 6 (.500 avg, 1.792 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 double, 1 homer and 3 RBIs.  He has also walked twice so far this year without whiffing.  Santana has averaged 74.2 runs scored, 22.2 homers, 79.8 RBIs and 100.4 walks per season from 2011-2015 with the Tribe.  A little bump in those numbers in 2016 would please the Indians.

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