2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Ramon Laureano
Colby Conway takes an in-depth look at Oakland A's outfielder Ramon Laureano to let fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2020 MLB season.
It seems like the trendy “value” power/speed guy this year is going to be a 25-year-old outfielder in Oakland. Ramón Laureano hit five home runs with seven stolen bases in 48 games in 2018, but once he became a mainstay in the lineup in 2019, he was rather productive. In 123 games, he hit 24 home runs with 79 runs scored, 67 RBI and 13 stolen bases to go along with a .288/.340/.521 slash. He replicated his .288 average from the year prior, despite a 46 point drop in his BABIP. Laureano does offer some above-average qualities in the speed department, and he is solid in other categories as well. He’s not exactly cheap in drafts, as he will likely cost you a pick in the fifth through seventh rounds, but is it worth it? Let’s examine.
Despite a reduction in his barrel rate from 2018, a 9.7 percent rate is still quality. A stark increase in his launch angle (up 4.5 degrees from 2018) helped the power numbers and drive the ball into the alleys. Remaining above the league average for...