December 23, 1983
Santo Domingo, Dominican
Free agent (Nov. 2014);
agent (July 2000)
Released (June 2018)
Plus power with a plus to better bat. Solid
pitch recognition with average to better plate discipline. Formerly
above-average speed has declined some with age and increased muscle mass.
Elite overall offensive skills. Below-average defense at short, got worse
in his 30s. Bulked up coming into 2015 and struggled mightily upon move to
left field. The Sox will try him at first base in 2016, where they hope a
leaner Ramirez will provide adequate defense. Has been prone to injuries
and character issues throughout his career.
Player Retrospective: A former top prospect returns (11.26.14)