Alexei Ramirez was the least productive shortstop in baseball during the season’s first half, but his defense at least shows signs of improvement.
Ramirez had a pair of nice plays Sunday against the Indians, bare-handing a grounder to kick off a double play and later stretching out to snare a line drive.
Here’s the diving catch, which robbed Jason Kipnis of a hit in the sixth inning:
And here’s the bare-handed pickup to start a double play in the third inning:
Ramirez still has work to do to fix his offensive numbers this season, having posted a dismal .231/.256/.314 slash line.
Manager Robin Ventura addressed the offensive issue recently, while mentioning the uptick in his defense.
“Hitting wise, he’ll improve,” Ventura said. “He’s a guy that at the end of the year you look up and he’s hitting .270. Defensively, he’s turned around what was a slow start the first half. Hitting wise, he’ll end up hitting, he always has.”