Jose Ramirez is a professional baseball player from the Dominican Republic playing Major League Baseball in the United States. As of the 2021 season, he plays 3rd baseman for the Cleveland Indians. He stands 5 feet and 9 inches tall and his weight is listed at 190 lbs. He had his rookie season in 2014 and exceeded his rookie limits. He is a right-handed player and he pitches and throws with his right arm. As of the July 2021 stats, he has a batting average of 0.278. Ramirez has won the Silver Slugger Award three times and he joined the 30-30 Club in 2018.
Ramirez was born Jose Enrique Ramirez and is nicknamed ‘Enriquito’. He was born on September 17, 1992, in the town of Bani in Peravia, in the Dominican Republic. He grew up with an interest in baseball and as a teenager, he played in the Dominican Prospect League. In 2009, a 17-year-old Ramirez joined several other players to visit the Dominican facility for the Cleveland Indians in Boca Chica. There he was noticed by a scout. He was later signed to the team with a $50,000 signing bonus.
He did not play in the 2010 season, but instead, he started his Minor League career playing for the Arizona Indians. He had a batting average of 0.325 when he played for them. Other minor league teams he has played for include the Akron Aeros, Mahoning Valley Scrappers, and the Lake County Captains. He also went back to the Dominican Republic to play for the Toros del Este in the Dominican Winter League.
In September 2013, he was tapped to play in the Majors. In his debut game, he scored a game-winning grand slam after joining the game in the ninth inning as a pinch-runner. A few days later, he made his first MLB hit in a game against the Kansas City Royals. He went back to playing for the minor league in 2014 until he was called again to play for the Indians as a replacement for Jason Kipnis who was on the disabled list. By July, he was playing the regular shortstop. He continued to remain stellar with the Indians and at the end of 2016, has selected for a Bob Feller Man of the Year Award.
The Indians signed him to a five-year contract extension in March of 2017. He won his first Silver Slugger this year and was also nominated for a Gold Glove Award. For the 2018 season, he batted an average of 0.270/0.387/0.552. In 2019, he hit his first Grand Slam in August. Later in the month, he broke his hamate bone and required surgery. 2020 started slow for Ramirez as he dealt with his injury. But by the end of the season, he had won his third Silver Slugger and he was named to the All-MLB Second team.