Manny Ramirez Showing Progress, Maturity in AAA

*A featured article from the writers at Fan Duel*

When the Texas Rangers signed 41-year old Manny Ramirez to a deal earlier this season, many people took it as a chance to try out their best one-liners and snarky comments. Everyone knows about “Manny being Manny,” but the fact of the matter is just about everyone involved in baseball knows he can still hit. Although it is still early in his MLB comeback, could Ramirez help the Rangers stay in the playoff race?

At 54-41 heading into the All-Star break, the Rangers are fairly pleased with how the season has gone. There have been some disappointments, but several players have stepped up as well. However, a glaring weakness right now for the team happens to be the lack of productivity out of the DH spot.

Lance Berkman figured to be the main guy at the beginning of the season, but he has been slumping and battling injuries for the last 5-6 weeks. The Rangers have had a revolving door of replacements, with the most common option being Jurickson Profar. The youngster is certainly not a prototypical DH, and to make matters worse, he is not hitting that well this season in the first place.

Ramirez, through eight games at AAA Round Rock, is hitting .300/.364/.600 with three home runs and six RBI. That was good enough to win Player of the Week honors on our website, and it could very well be good enough to earn a call up to the big league club, and many fantasy baseball players will be willing to add him to their line-ups looking at those numbers. The offense could use an upgrade right about now, and this is about as good of a time as any to go ahead and try him out.

As for predictions, expect the Rangers to probably hold off until at least August to see if Ramirez can continue to play on a consistent basis at a high level. They are mainly considering him only as a DH, but he could be forced to play the occasional outfield as well. It’s always tough making decisions on prospects in the minors, but then again, Manny Ramirez is hardly the prototypical prospect. It seems more and more likely that it is not a matter of if he will make a MLB appearance, but when.

Patrick Despain
Patrick is a member of the IBWAA and creator of Shutdown Inning. He was raised him Arlington, Texas and grew up watching games on HSE and listening to Eric Nadel and Mark Holtz on the radio. He is a long time Rangers fan and never achieved his dream of being a bat boy. He know lives in Georgia with dreams of a Texas return.

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