Adam Lind

Career To Date

Adam Lind (born July 17, 1983) was first drafted in 2002 by the Minnesota Twins in the 8th round (242nd overall), but opted to attend the University of South Alabama before being drafted in the 3rd round (83rd overall) of the 2004 MLB draft by the Toronto Blue Jays as a draft eligible sophomore and signed with the Jays on June 30th, 2014. Lind was a 2nd team All American first baseman in 2003 and an All-Star Sun Conference outfielder in 2004.

Lind made his professional debut with the Auburn Doubledays before being promoted to Dunedin in 2005, where he put up good numbers (.313, 12, 84 in 126 games). Lind made is major league debut in September 2006 with the Jays, recording his first hit on September 2nd vs. the Red Sox, and first homered off of Jerrod Weaver on September 10th, finishing the year at .367/2/8 to add onto his .330/24/89 numbers recorded at AA/AAA that season.  Lind bounced around between the majors in minors until the start of the 2009 season.

In 2009 Lind stated the season with 11 RBI in the first 5 games, and became the first Blue Jay since 2006 to drive in 100 runs, and finished the season at .305/35/114 and won the Edgar Martinez Award.  This earned him a long term contract extension that pays him through 2016. Lind struggled in 2012, but recorded two outs of the first every Blue Jay triple play on April 20th. Lind bounced back in 2013, and had some good numbers in 2014 (.321/6/40 in 96 games) despite missing time with a broken foot.

Lind was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers on November 1, 2014.

At The Plate

Lind has seen a reduction in power over the last couple of years, but has also dealt with a broken foot and some back issues during this time. Also, Toronto hitting coach Kevin Seitzer was having Lind hit more up the middle as well as trying to go the other way with a pitch. He hits great against righties, not so much against lefties, with the splits pointing to him being a platoon candidate.

His average did not suffer with his power numbers, and has one of the best swings in the game. It is short, violent, and almost always on level with the pitch he is swinging at. His weight shift is a work of art. He is patient, drawing a walk in 9% of his plate appearances last year, which is above the league average. His swing rate is in the upper 30% area, and swung at less than 30% of the pitches thrown to him outside of the strike zone.

Base Running/Speed

What speed? If he steals a base the catcher behind the plate should be demoted immediately. His base running is average; he knows his limitations and reads the field well when on the base paths.

Fielding

Lind has grown into the first base position and was terrible at first. His defense is still pretty bad but manageable if he hits. He does not have mobility in the field, and the back issues do not help his fielding in this regard. He should be a DH.

Concerns

He is very limited in the field with range and has mobility issues. How his back holds up is a huge question mark. His power could come back with a new hitting coach, and hit well enough for there to be little concern about his hitting outside of being used against lefties. Can he play well enough to justify the Brewers picking up his $8 million option for next year?

Community

Lind is a regular participant in the Toby Hall Spring Training Celebrity Golf Tournament and does fund raising for the Carey Foundation (breast cancer awareness). He participates in other various charity golf tournaments as well, and did an autograph signing for charity along with a handful of his new Brewer teammates this offseason.

Baseball Outlook

Lind projects as a DH type, and I would not be surprised to see him dealt at the deadline if the Brewers fall out of contention. As long as he hits, there will be a place for him on an American League team. He has a very limited future in the National League with his defense being a large liability.

Personal

Adam Lind from all reports is great with the press and the fans and is upfront and honest with fans and interviewers. Adam is married with a son and a daughter, and is represented by Relativity Baseball.

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Aramis Ramirez – Milwaukee Brewers Third Baseman

Career to Date

Aramis Ramirez, born on June 25th, 1978 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates on November 7, 1994 and made his major league debut on May 26th, 1998 with the Pirates. He was traded to the Chicago Cubs (with Kenny Lofton) on July 23rd, 2003, where he remained until he opted out of his contract with the Cubs and signed a three year, $36 million deal with the Milwaukee Brewers in December 2011.

Ramirez played in his first full season in 2001, finishing with a .300 BAV, 34 HR, 112 RBI. Over his major league career (6 years with the Pirates, 9 years with the Cubs) Ramirez has averaged .284-30-108. Ramirez was an All-Star in 2005 and 2008 and won the N.L. Silver Slugger award at third base in 2011. He has only once finished in the top 10 for MVP voting (2004) despite have 6-100 RBI seasons, 4-30 home run seasons, and 9-20 home run seasons. Although healthy for most of his career, Ramirez missed a large portion of the 2009 due to a dislocated shoulder suffered against his current team (Brewers) on May 8th. He has also suffered a number of calf and hamstring injuries that has led to him only being able to play 140 games twice since 2006, and only once (2011) since 2008.

At The Plate

Ramirez had a TPR (total player rating) of 77.2 in the hitting department during the 2011 campaign. As the numbers above show, he can flat out rake when at the plate.

Ramirez’s’ batting stance allows him to generate power by moving his back hip into the pitch. When he swings, his hips rotate ahead of his hands to give strength to his core muscles, increasing bat speed. The back shoulder rotates with the back leg and hips which increases the leverage of his swing.

He is able to keep his swing short by keeping his front knee bent forward when his back toes comes down, then straightening the front knee as he moves closer to the contact point of the bat with the incoming pitch. This has the added effect of increased bat control, allowing him to easily adjust in mid swing.

Base Running/Speed

Ramirez’s running TPR comes in at -12.2. He has below average speed and is not a base stealing or base running threat when he is out there. He is not very aggressive on the base paths, which while minimizing base running mistakes has drawn some frustration of both the organizations he has played for and the hometown fans when he fails to take an easy extra base.

Fielding

Defense is definitely Ramirez’s weak point, checking in with a fielding TPR of -35.2. As his career has progressed the number of mental mistakes he makes on the field have come down to almost zero which has improved his defense overall, according to the SABR zone rating. His biggest asset on the field is his arm; it is both strong and accurate.

He has an overall lack of range and seems out of position at times. The lack of range has led to speculation that the Brewers, should Mat Gamel fail at first and Taylor Green show he is ready for third, would entertain shifting Ramirez to first. The cause for Ramirez to appear of position could be more of a coaching/managerial call than Ramirez himself. I feel this will be proven this season, as Brewers skipper Ron Roenicke loves positioning his fielders to give them better chances of being successful with the glove.

Concerns

Early in his career Ramirez was seen as being a lazy, immature player but has worked his way towards shedding those early career observations, becoming a more humble, but competitive player. While he is not a gym rat, he has put forth more effort in recent years as he struggled with a number of injuries since 2008. The only incident I could find was a dugout fight with Cubs teammate Carlos Silva, during a spring training game on March 2nd, 2011 after Silva started blaming his teammates for their lack of defense.

As mentioned earlier, Ramirez has only once appeared in 140 games since 2008, making his recent injury history concern #1 for not only himself, but for his new team, Brewers fans, and fantasy baseball players.

Community

Most of Aramis Ramirez’s community works comes as a part of MLB-DDA (MLB Dominican Development Alliance) and USAID (United States Agency for International Development), which provides and supports for a number of programs, including “The Bank Of Hope”, “There Is Power In Learning”, Hope and Life”, and “Spaces To Grow”.

Baseball Outlook

Ramirez’s hitting method should allow him to remain a productive hitter into his 40’s, with an expected slow slippage of power. His defense at 3B will eventually make it necessary for him to move to first, or will send him to the A.L. as a DH. He will continue to be an above average player if he stays healthy.

Personal

Ramirez is married, has two boys, and is represented by agent Paul Kinzer.

Welcome to Sport Profiles

Thank you for visiting my latest creation, “Sport Profiles”. With this site I plan on featuring an in-depth look into a player or a team in the world of sports. The profile for each will include a brief history, a scouting report and a look at the more personal/inspirational side of the player or team featured. I currently have two profiles that will be getting posted during the month of January.

Week of January 13th: New Milwaukee Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez

Week of January 27th: Marquette freshman guard Todd Mayo