The baseball community loves rankings.
Fantasy players rank players by position according to their ability to produce, betting enthusiasts enjoy position primers and rankings, and analysts are also fascinated with them.
Everybody likes ranking players; no matter the time of the year, the position, or anything.
In the most recent third-base rankings made by Bleacher Report columnist Joel Reuter, Cleveland Guardians slugger Jose Ramirez has a privileged position.
No, he is not quite first, but he checks in at a very solid second place.
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The Guardians have been relevant and competitive for the better part of the last decade, and it’s in large part because of J-Ram’s all-around contributions.
Ramirez has all five tools: he can hit for average and power, he can run fast, he is good with the glove, and has an adequate arm.
Per Reuter, only Austin Riley of the Atlanta Braves ranks higher than Ramirez, and the latter even has a case to be first even if it’s fair to see the Braves slugger there.
If we are examining trajectory and overall consistency, then Ramirez could be first.
He has been a legitimate MVP candidate on multiple occasions and has produced at a high level for eight straight years.
For his career, Ramirez is slashing a cool .279/.355/.499 with 216 home runs and 202 stolen bases.
His .854 OPS is excellent, too.
For all his accomplishments and accolades, J-Ram is still in his prime at 31 years old.
He has been a godsend for the Guardians and figures to keep pacing their lineup for years to come.