Next up in the review of the projections found in the Cheatsheet Compiler is Hanley Ramirez. The Florida Marlins shortstop has added 20-25 pounds of muscle to his body and looks like a statue of a Greek god. How will this affect his swing? Probably not too well.
Most players with Ramirez’ skill set are usually best off not adding muscle that will interfere with their swinging motion. Many players have tried this and most come away with a less than jubilant result (most recently: Jeff Francoeur‘s 2008 season).
Ramirez is an elite baseball player and will still be a 30-30 guy, but could be a 30-50 guy with his normal body. The muscle should also affect his swing and some of his hits will turn into outs (mostly strikeouts). With this in mind, I’d take Jose Reyes as the first SS instead of HanRam.
On another note, Jimmy Rollins has been dealing with discomfort in his back. This should not hinder his stats other than losing late game at bats in blowouts. The Phils will try to protect Rollins when he is not needed.