Ramon Laureano

Ramon Laureano

28-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Oakland Athletics
Out
Injury Hamstring
Est. Return 2/1/2023
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Laureano got a late start to the season as he finished up his PED suspension from 2021 and then had an early exit to the season when an upper leg injury shut him down mid-September. Laureano ended up receiving a PRP injection in his right hip in early October and has committed to doing more phystical training this winter to be more durable. That's a good thing considering he has yet to hit 500 plate appearances in his big league career over the course of any one full season and is likely going to be asked to hit high in a rather anemic Oakland lineup as things look now. You should pretend 2019 neer happened from a power perspective because that baseball does not exist any longer, but a 15/15 season is certainly well within reach for him given he nearly did that last year in limited play and a poor on base percentage. 20/20 is on the extreme fringes of possible outcomes, but it too could happen if everything breaks right for someone who has had little go right for him the pas three seasons. The risks that would come with this skills profile are outweighed by the fact his cheap team has him committed to a contract and has few options to replace him so the playing time is his as long as he is healthy. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed a one-year contract with the Athletics in March of 2022.
Recovering from PRP injection
OFOakland Athletics
Hamstring
September 25, 2022
Laureano (hamstring), who's already ruled out for the remainder of the season, recently received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right hip, the Associated Press reports.
ANALYSIS
A right hamstring strain is what has ended Laureano's season early, but the outfielder also opted to try and address some right hip discomfort now that he's been ruled out for the season. Laureano will begin a rehab program with team trainers this week ahead of what's expected to be a normal offseason.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
33
14
5
12
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
4
10
5
4
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+11%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+6%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+21%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+6%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .769 272 31 7 26 9 .256 .349 .420
Since 2020vs Right .690 709 88 26 72 16 .214 .296 .394
2022vs Left .691 96 11 2 7 3 .210 .333 .358
2022vs Right .653 287 38 11 27 8 .211 .272 .381
2021vs Left .858 129 15 3 11 5 .304 .380 .478
2021vs Right .710 249 28 11 28 7 .217 .285 .425
2020vs Left .679 47 5 2 8 1 .214 .298 .381
2020vs Right .720 173 22 4 17 1 .216 .353 .367
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+7%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+7%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+3%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+10%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .685 497 63 16 44 9 .209 .300 .385
Since 2020Away .732 477 55 16 51 15 .242 .321 .411
2022Home .641 197 24 5 13 3 .210 .294 .347
2022Away .685 186 25 8 21 8 .212 .280 .406
2021Home .748 172 22 8 21 6 .209 .291 .458
2021Away .771 206 21 6 18 6 .277 .340 .431
2020Home .666 128 17 3 10 0 .206 .320 .346
2020Away .732 85 9 2 12 1 .221 .365 .368
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Stat Review
How does Ramon Laureano compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.24
 
BB Rate
6.5%
 
K Rate
27.2%
 
BABIP
.262
 
ISO
.165
 
AVG
.211
 
OBP
.287
 
SLG
.376
 
OPS
.663
 
wOBA
.296
 
Exit Velocity
88.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
33.5%
 
Barrels/PA
7.3%
 
Expected BA
.219
 
Expected SLG
.402
 
Sprint Speed
22.7 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
43.0%
 
Line Drive %
17.8%
 
Fly Ball %
39.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Laureano's 2021 season abruptly ended when he was handed an 80-game suspension in early August after testing positive for Nandrolone. Prior to the ban, the outfielder was enjoying a bounceback campaign from a disappointing 60-game showing in 2020. He launched 14 homers, stole 12 bags and slashed .246/.317/.413 while posting a 40.2 HardHit%. His production going forward could be further bolstered by improving his plate discipline, as he's struck out over a quarter of the time and walked at just a 7.5% clip throughout his career. Once he's eligible to return from his suspension in late April, the 27-year-old figures to reclaim his everyday center fielder role and hit somewhere toward the top or middle of the order. While fantasy owners will have to forgive Laureano for letting them down last season, he is still a dynamic talent entering the prime of his career; His best offensive season could very well still be in front of him.
Laureano had an OPS north of .900 through the first two weeks of the 2020 season, but he got in his own way when he decided to charge Astros pitching coach Alex Cintron after a shouting match Aug. 9. That led to a four-game suspension and Laureano slashed just .186/.302/.314 with three homers and one steal in his final 35 regular-season games after serving the ban. Laureano did have a two-homer game in the A's postseason finale, but it was too little, too late for a player who set the bar high for himself with a .288/.340/.521 line across 481 PA in 2019. He was hit by 12 pitches in his 54 games, second most in baseball, and his average exit velocity took a tumble, falling by two miles per hour to 87.7 mph. He played Gold Glove-caliber defense, and with the state of stolen bases in rotisserie ball being what it is, managers should be happy to forgive and forget and get back in at a discount in 2021.
Laureano began the 2019 season in a starting role in center field, but a leg injury kept him out for the entire month of July and limited his playing time down the stretch. He showed improved power at the dish, finishing the year with a .288/.340/.521 slash line, 24 long balls, 67 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 123 games. His 25.6 K% and 5.9 BB% are mildly concerning -- the latter being down from 9.1% in 2018 -- though he made the most of his contact, with his xBA and xSLG ranking in the 70th percentile or above. Keep in mind too that it was his first full season in the major leagues. The 25-year-old runs extremely well and has an elite throwing arm in the outfield. Laureano is on track to begin spring training at full strength and will once again slot in as an everyday player in 2020. He has the tools to make up for shaky plate discipline and could become a big difference maker in rotisserie baseball.
Laureano burst onto the scene in August, turning heads with his bat and cannon of an arm. The 24-year-old quickly turned into Oakland's everyday center fielder and finished the season with a 129 wRC+ -- a mark that would have tied for fourth with Tommy Pham among qualified MLB center fielders. Granted, he had a 28.4% strikeout rate and .388 BABIP, which suggest he was playing a little over his head. Even when factoring in regression, Laureano still looks the part of an everyday player, especially given his defensive value. He hits the ball to all fields and did not show significant lefty/righty splits at Triple-A or in the majors, so he should hit at least .250 with double-digit home runs. A plus runner, Laureano was caught just three times on 21 stolen-base attempts last season, so he should push for 15-to-20 steals if he stays relatively healthy. Given his strong debut, he won't be available in the end game, but is a reasonable OF4 in 15-team leagues.
One of the top pop-up prospects of 2016, Laureano capped his breakout campaign by wowing scouts with consistent loud contact in the Arizona Fall League. This brief yet impressive showing helped alleviate concerns about batting averages over .400 on balls in play at stops at High-A Lancaster and Double-A Corpus Christi. Laureano's combined .319/.428/.528 slash line will not be sustainable as he moves to more neutral hitting environments and his BABIP normalizes. The general consensus, however, says he has at least an average hit tool, which, coupled with plus speed and a good eye at the plate, might be enough for him to make it as an everyday player. He stole 43 bases at a 75.4 percent success rate last year, but his speed projects more comfortably in the 20-steal range over a full season against big league batteries. That speed could be complemented by average raw power. He also walked 70 times in 116 games last year and might profile atop a mediocre lineup.
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Deemed unlikely to return in '22
OFOakland Athletics
Hamstring
September 22, 2022
Athletics manager Mark Kotsay said Wednesday he doesn't expect Laureano (hamstring) to return before the end of the regular season, the Associated Press reports.
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Return this season not certain
OFOakland Athletics
Hamstring
September 21, 2022
Laureano (hamstring) continues be evaluated, and it remains unclear whether he'll be able to return before the conclusion of the regular season, the Associated Press reports.
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To IL with hamstring strain
OFOakland Athletics
Hamstring
September 18, 2022
Laureano was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a right hamstring strain.
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Not starting Saturday
OFOakland Athletics
September 17, 2022
Laureano will be on the bench Saturday against the Astros.
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Swipes 11th bag Friday
OFOakland Athletics
September 17, 2022
Laureano went 0-for-1 with a hit-by-pitch and a stolen base in a loss to the Astros on Friday.
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