CLEVELAND, Ohio – Indians infielder Jose Ramirez has been named MLB’s 2018 MVP by DraftKings in its first-ever postseason fantasy awards. Ramirez won the award for scoring 1,672 fantasy points over the course of 157 games.
Ramirez’s teammate Francisco Lindor and Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich finished tied for second with 1,632 points.
DraftKings determined Ramirez to be the MVP by this point system: three points for a single, five for a double, eight for a triple, 10 for a homer, two for an RBI, two for a run, two for a walk, two for a hit by pitch and five for a stolen base.
Ramirez checked a lot of boxes last season when he hit .270 with 156 hits, 38 doubles, four triples, 39 homers, 105 RBI, 110 runs, 106 walks, eight HBP and 34 stolen bases. He became just the third player in franchise history to go 30-30 in the same season – 30 or more homers and 30 or more stolen bases.
It was a season of extremes for Ramirez. He was the AL’s All-Star third baseman for the second straight year and went into the break hitting .302 (108-for-358) with 26 doubles, 29 homers, 70 RBI and a 1.029 OPS.
Ramirez hit .223 (49-for-220) with 13 doubles, 10 homers and 36 RBI in the second half, culminating in a season-ending 24-for-145 slump. The Indians were swept in the ALDS by Houston as Ramirez went 0-for-11.
In the AL, Ramirez finished second in walks, second in intentional walks (15), third in times on base (270), third in stolen bases, tied for fourth in homers and fourth in slugging (.552), OPS (.939), RBI and runs.
Over the last two years, he leads the big leagues in extra base hits with 172. Teammate Francisco Lindor is fourth with 163.
DraftKings will present seven postseason awards: MVP, Top Arm, Rookie of the Year, Best Single Game Pitcher, Best Single Game Hitter, Best Value Play and an All-Fantasy Team.