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Wilson Ramos smells of Salvador Perez.  A catcher that could be drafted as a fringe top ten catcher with the chance of performing as a top five catcher.  I take my Latin catchers’ abuelitas seriously, and so should you after Salvador Perez lost two months last year when his Maw-Maw passed.  Luckily, Wilson Ramos has two extremely healthy abuelitas.  One abuelita just did the Baja California 5K, and his other abuelita likes to cook fattening foods, but she will be staying with me all next summer if I draft Wilson so I can keep an eye on her and her health.  Lupe Ontiveros, his maternal abuelita, said, “I feel as good as a mule piñata stuffed with nails and could probably live for another twenty years.”  Let’s not push it, Lupe!  Just get us through 2014, that’s all we ask.  Last year channeling the strength from his two healthy abuelitas, Ramos put on a show, hitting 16 homers in only 78 games, while ranking in the top ten for all of baseball in home run distance.  Didn’t have any negatives, other than the one thing that has haunted him for his whole career.  Unlike his abuelitas, he has a hard time staying healthy.  It’s been about three years since he’s played a full season, and he’s never played more than 113 games in a major league season.  So, what can we expect from Wilson Ramos for 2014 fantasy baseball and what makes him a sleeper?

As mentioned briefly in the lede, his homers weren’t of the fluke variety.  He’s hitting bombs.  He’s also 26 years old, so if he’s going to hit homers now is the time.  It makes sense for his power to peak in the next year or two.  He also cut his strikeout rate to its lowest career number above Double-A, all the way to 13.9%.  If he qualified with at-bats, that would place him 35th for all of baseball.  He’s allergic to walks.  In fact, one time he had a sneezing fit while facing Jonathan Sanchez.  Ramos does make solid contact (19.5% line drive rate).  For batting average, he’s not going to sniff much higher than .280 without some serious luck.  Everything is pointing to terrific, except that whole nagging nagging (stutterer!) injury history.  It will probably happen.  Can’t necessarily project an injury for a player unless we’re talking about Tulowitzki.  We can’t totally discount the chance though, either.  To project him for more than 113 games (his highest game total) is silly.  But, if we were to be silly, he could hit 22+ homers easily, and challenge the top three catchers for fantasy value.  In reality, he has a solid chance for a top five catcher season and I’ll project him for 52/19/67/.269 with solid upside.

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  1. Sammyllenas says:
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    Hey Grey,

    When can we expect the pre-season rankings for both re-draft and keeper type formats for 2014 ?
    Thanks.

    • Eddy says:
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      @Sammyllenas:

      Grey’s rankings start in mid-January.

  2. Blue says:
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    He also has to worry about kidnappings.

    • Rufus T. Firefly says:
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      Especially now that Chavez is dead. Who’ll send in the commandos?

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Blue: Grammy never worries about kids napping…

  3. Yeshcheese says:
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    Playing with fire here Grey. Good call boarding the cook Abuelita. The cougar must be thrilled! Hey schmohawks listen up! Tamales at Grey’s. Hit it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Yeshcheese: There’s room for two abuelitas in my house if you catch my drift!

  4. Yeshcheese says:
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    Hitter tron just absolutely shit his pants with manufactured mechanical unicorn jizz on this post

  5. Max says:
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    I have Harper, votto, beltre, goldy, upton, Austin Jackson, kershaw, and Chris sale.also have sano but you can only keep 8. Would you trade sale for hosmer and cueto? Or maybe keep sano instead of Jackson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Max: I wouldn’t do either

      • Chin Music says:
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        @Grey: You really think Jackson is worth keeping, in any format? If it’s dynasty/keeper, I’d definitely rather take the flier on an upside guy like Sano, Baez etc. For a 2014-only league, I still wouldn’t want to go near Jackson unless it’s like a 20 team league.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You should play to win 2014… Jackson will be better in 2014 than any of those guys…

  6. Chevy says:
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    Thoughts on this dynasty league trade:

    Cargo for J.Fernandez & W.Myers?

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Chevy: Thats big time. Think I still take Cargo though, pitchers are pitchers, and im not sure Myers will ever become elite (which is what Cargo is now). Better bat (Puig?) and I do it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chevy: I’d take Myers/J-Fer

  7. TheNewGuy says:
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    Got some keeper decisions to ask you over the offseason. First up is Hisachi ‘mustachi’ Iwakuma. Got him as part of a trade and now are my keeper contract options, which would you choose:

    1 year ($6), 2 years ($9), 3 years ($12) or renewable year ($9).

    Im leaning towards either 1 or 2 years, can’t really commit any longer to pitchers. Think he’s totally legit as a no 2?

  8. Wake Up says:
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    Hahaha! Thanks for checking on Wilson’s grammy for me…you’ll have arepas for days!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: Send me all your catcher abuelitas!

  9. AP says:
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    Any chance he’s available in the last round of our draft, or as I call it, “the round in which I begin to consider drafting a catcher”? (I don’t come up with catchy names for things)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AP: Haha… Probably not that late, but maybe in some shallow leagues…

  10. Wake Up says:
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    PS my dad beat up your dad he can…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: Not surprised…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: I was “lucky” enough to catch up on the who has the better fantasy baseball league convo! Kinda like a “who has the smaller dick” contest…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hehe

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: alright…uh-huh…
            turn me down in the headphones…

            i walk around with a whole backpack stacked full of
            whack rap
            my booty claps when i
            step off the railroad tracks
            my duty lapse when my
            hep cough-sa A+B maths
            there is a
            pale toad
            when i unload
            or crack code
            like a napster nabbing a hacker having the online source to your mother
            board
            more coded then when i
            exploded
            that mayor ford
            seem like he can’t afford
            a plumber
            cuz he seem more dumber
            than that song from donna
            your honor…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Mmm…Motherboard… Is that Donna Summer?

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Grey: bra, bra, bra…that shizzness is straight of the top of the dome solid chrome that make you look like that home alone little gnome…i just stuffed it back into my backpack and now the zipper is busting at the seam…in this fantasy you know its me with the done up like a kipper team…drafting two pitchers in the first and second round…followed up with a catcher pick a posey or some other clown…yeah…taking it to the fantasy streets! where we can compete…on a intellectual level…click, click, boom goes my mouse! mother lover.

                PS please tell your mom i said hi

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  HA… You got mad rhymes like Jim Cramer’s got mad money…

                  • Wake Up says:
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                    @Grey: No way!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Way, bra

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Wake Up: @Wake Up: Beautiful rap bra! Prezzi is going to be really jealous of your skills. He tries so hard on football. I too was lucky to read and get into the better league discussion, yes, Simply Fred has the smallest dick…..so are we still playing together in the best league ever….intergalacticly speaking

                  • Wake Up says:
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                    @J-FOH: I’m in for the FCL…I have a lot of respect for the ECBL too…that back and forth made me laugh though…

                    • Big Magoo

                      Big Magoo says:
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                      @J-FOH: @Wake Up: I think that the roundtable got the creative juices flowing… spilling right over into the comments… I’ve just been reading articles and analyzing stats until my eyes bleed. It’s going to be a long offseason…

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Wake Up: I have total respect for them too, just not a fan of gloaters. Didn’t understand all the claimed top ten finishes. I went back and looked and only saw one top ten. That’s what I like about the roundtable and some of the other regulars. All love no bragging. Keep it real, or in your case, abstract yo’s

                  • Wake Up says:
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                    @J-FOH: Fair point, not a big fan of bragging…and if there’s one thing that I really like about me, it’s everything…

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Wake Up: @Grey: No one gave me any books for Christmas, but such was the entertainment I got from reading that thread, it didn’t matter any more.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I got a book…Napolean’s Hemorrhoids…

  11. Fungazi says:
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    This year’s catcher pool looks deeper than ever. I can’t wait to not draft one until the 20th round.

    #imissbaseball

  12. Dan says:
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    Who would you want most in a dynasty league?
    Which one of these guys:

    Norichika Aoki
    Hunter Pence
    Alex Gordon
    Will Venable
    Gerrardo Parra
    Michael Brantley
    Dominick Brown

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gordon

  13. 2014royals says:
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    Enjoy these sleeper posts, thanks for the advice.
    Got a quick keeper question
    12 man keeper league (4 keepers)
    I have 1st overall pick in snake draft
    I’ve locked in Hanley in the 7th, j Fernandez in the 20th, and carpenter in the 20th and I have a few choices for my last one:

    David wright in 2nd rd (approx 36th pick taking into account other keepers),
    Dom brown in 20th
    Aaron hill in the 18th,
    or Wacha in the 20th

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wacha

      • 2014royals says:
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        @Grey: thanks man!

    • 2014royals says:
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      @2014royals: OBP league

  14. Jim says:
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    Will be approaching the “Dark Territory” sporting wise for me soon, that two to three week span after the Superbowl when all that remains is basketball and hockey before Spring Training gets into full swing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A’la Reservoir Dogs, you’re gonna be okay!

  15. West Brooklyn says:
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    H2H dynasty league would you trade Pedroia for Stanton. The options will be fairly limited at 2nd

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  16. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Grey quick keeper question,the glazed ham from my gentile wife’s Christmas celebration or my gentile brother in law’s lasagna that’s a little to heavy on the noodles and light on the cheese? I only got so much room in the fridge…..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! Gotta go with the ham, keep the peace in the family… Can’t be throwing out the wife’s glazed ham… Not worth the tsuris…

  17. Chris says:
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    Got Jay’s opinion on this one last week but was wanting your thoughts on it as well:
    Keeper question in a 10 team H2H Points league (10 total keepers). I’m going to keep seven of these. Which seven?
    Fielder, Cano, Cabrera, Reyes, Stanton, Kemp, Myers, Tulo, Cargo.
    I planned on letting Reyes and Myers go but was starting to wonder about keeping Myers over Kemp. Just got a bad feeling about him. What do you think?

    Also keeping Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and Bumgarner to round out my 10

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Let Reyes and Kemp go…

  18. The Vaporizers says:
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    Keeper League Trade Question: The specifics aren’t necessary. In a vacuum, which side of this trade you like better:

    Ryan Braun and Kyle Seager

    for

    David Wright and Anthony Rizzo?????

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What, he was being chased by an Aroldis fastball…

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @Grey: Puig-Seaking Aroldis missles are pretty damn dangerous for all the Puigs of the world.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I can only imagine the kind of trouble Puig and Aroldis would get in… I’m foreseeing murder charges…

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            @Grey: A regular Bonita Y Claudio.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Thinking more Spring Breakers and Aroldis is Hudgens and Puig is Selena…

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                @Grey: Ah, I wanted to see that film because Franco was in it. Then I saw a buncha mousketeers were cast and couldn’t bring myself to do it.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I saw it the other day… Franco was solid, the film wasn’t good…

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    @Grey: That sounds exactly like what I expected. If that’s the case, sounds like a perfect Netflix streaming candidate if it’s not already a part of their rancid library.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, we streamed it for free on Amazon…

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Sky: On his bio it says Cannonball Run 2 is his favorite movie

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @J-FOH: and that Sammy Hagar’s ‘I Can’t Drive 55′ is his favorite song to drive to…at double-speed.

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Sky: well played…

  19. SonOfAPitch says:
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    So it’s a 12 team h2h with an innings floor of 45 per week, but no cap. We play hlds, svs, era, whip, ks for pitchers, and avg, r, rbi, sb, and bbs for hitters. The roster format is standard with one util, except we play lf, cf, rf rather than of. We can keep ten players.

    Here are hitters:
    Napoli, Votto, Kipnis, Panda, Reyes, Trout, Ellsbury, Heyward, Davis, Bogaerts, Middlebrooks.

    Here are my pitchers:
    Hamels, Beachy, Gray, Wilson, Cashner, Fransucko, Peavy, Lackey, Ryu, Rosenthal, Mujica, Rivera, Uehara, Janssen

    I’m definitely keeping Votto, Kipnis, Reyes, Trout, Ellsbury, Heyward, Davis, and Hamels, and will probably keep Boegarts (especially since I’m pretty sure he qualifies at 3b). That leaves me with one extra slot. I know you have a man crush on Gray, but is he worth keeping over a stud like Rosenthal? I don’t think I’ve ever kept a closer, but he probably has more value than my other options. Thoughts? Other suggestions?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d keep Gray

  20. Mike Schwab says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Keeper trade question. Goldschmidt for Price?

    • The Thumb says:
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      @Mike Schwab: Goldschmidt. He’ll easily be top 5 for the next few years. Pitchers not so much.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldy side, not close

  21. Jeff P says:
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    Keeper league 5×5 (obp) can keep one of the following for the last round pick:

    Tyson Ross, Jonathan Villar (sagnof!), Ubaldo Jimenez or Corey Kluber?

    Same league, different keeper setup Parnell for 16, Chris (HR or K) Carter for 18th or none?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bleh…Kluber… None

  22. Mike says:
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    Any thoughts on Tanaka for next yr… let’s say the Yankees sign him. See him as a top 20-30 SP?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends where he signs…I’ll go over him when he does…

  23. J-FOH says:
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    Hey Grey, if Tanaka signs on the moon does that make him un-rosterable?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It would hurt him a little, yeah…

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