Cleveland Indians 3B, Jose Ramirez
There’s little questioning who the best player on the offense is for the Cleveland Indians. Jose Ramirez has been really the one consistent player for the Tribe throughout the season, and consistent is relative. At this point in the season, Ramirez leads Cleveland’s roster in home runs with 13, RBI with 31, doubles with 12, hits with 51, runs with 38 and is tied for first in both stolen bases with six and walks with 24.
While Ramirez has by far the best stat line on the Cleveland roster, that doesn’t necessarily mean that he stacks up well against the rest of the third basemen in the American League. Ramirez’s 13 home runs and 31 RBI are strong points and his slash line of .263/.348/.536 isn’t bad either. However, there’s one player that has a case that can match that and potentially a strong push from their own fan base.
There’s only one player that tops Ramirez in average, OPS, home runs and RBI that plays third and that’s Boston’s Rafael Devers. Devers’ 15 home runs are the most among third basemen in the American League while his 46 RBI are tied for the AL lead.
Fortunately, Devers is the only player that is statistically ahead of Ramirez and there’s still time to make up ground. If Ramirez can get hot, there’s a chance he could overtake Devers for the best third baseman in the AL.