Third Base: Aramis Ramirez, MIL ($3,400): Adrian Beltre is, statistically speaking, the top 3B option. However, for $1,000 less, I’ll roster Ramirez, who compares quite favorably. He has a nice matchup and is surrounded by players that have had success against LHP.
Shortstop: Hanley Ramirez, LAD ($4,400): Hanley Ramirez is an absolute beast vs. RHP. Last year, Ramirez batted a robust .344 vs. RHP, and was even better on the road, batting .361. In addition to the .361 BA away vs. RHP, he also hit nine of his 13 HRs vs. RHP, on the road. Add to that, a ridiculous .421 wOBA, .391 OBP, and a OPS of .981, and you can really begin to see what makes him the top play.
Also consider, Troy Tulowitzki, COL ($4,400). Tulowitzki can be considered more of a tournament play, as he doesn’t have the arsenal of bats surrounding him that Hanley Ramirez does.
Top Tier: Ryan Braun, MIL ($4,400): Over his career, Braun has batted .333 vs. LHP at home. He also possesses a .397 wOBA, along with OBP and OPS marks of .407 and 1.050, respectively. That’s production that few can replicate.
At a similar price point, Shin-Soo Choo, TEX ($4,000) offers up comparable numbers, though without the power upside. For his career, he has a .309 BA vs. RHP, that pairs nicely with a .402 wOBA and .411 OBP vs. RHP.
Middle Tier: Andre Ethier, LAD ($3,200): Ethier has a career .302 BA, along with a .373 wOBA and .384 OBP vs. RHP on the road.
Savoy Specials: Jeff Baker, MIA ($2,200)/David DeJesus, TAM ($2,600)/Matt Joyce, TAM ($2,700)/Robbie Grossman, HOU ($2,800)/Marcell Ozuna, MIA ($2,900)/Dexter Fowler, HOU ($3,000): Baker is probably the top play in this bunch, given his price and performance across a large sample size, but I wouldn’t have a problem rostering any of them in tournaments. For cash games though, I’d likely stick to Baker, DeJesus and Fowler.
Thank you and good luck!!!