The 2014 season didn’t get off to a good start for Robert Ramirez because of how the 2013 season ended. Ramirez failed a drug test and was suspended for the first 50 games of the year. He began the year with a week in Arizona where he played six games for the AZL Reds.
Then he showed up in Dayton a little more than two weeks later and came out swinging a hot bat. In his first four games the infielder would go 8-16 with three walks, two doubles, a home runs, six runs scored and drive in three runs. As quick as he started he would cool off, hitting just .154 over the next week where he had one walk and 12 strikeouts. Ramirez would finish July strong with four hits in the final 11 at bats of the month to go along with two walks. He would hit .302/.403/.472 on the month in 62 plate appearances over the span of 14 games with Dayton.
He ended July on a good run at the plate and carried it over into August. From the 1st through the 8th he would hit .303 with five extra base hits, but he would go into a bit of a slump after that. Over the next 12 games he would hit just .188 and had two walks with 17 strikeouts. As his season had been running, he would get hot again to finish out the final 11 games of the season where he would hit .372/.400/.744 with three doubles, two triples and three home runs. The final month of the season saw Ramirez hit .282/.302/.516 in 130 plate appearances. He showed good power but had just three walks and 36 strikeouts.
The numbers put up in roughly half of a season after serving his suspension were quite good overall. Ramirez showed good power and he hit for a good average. The plate discipline numbers leave quite a bit to be desired though as he had just nine walks with Dayton and 58 strikeouts. Ratios that bad don’t translate well to the upper levels, so that will be an area that he will need to improve on as he moves forward.
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