Ramirez hopes to improve offensively in '13

Alexei Ramirez is hitting .238 with nine RBIs and a .256 on-base percentage in September. AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez said Friday he needed to dedicate the offseason to improving his hitting after struggling at the plate at times this season.

Ramirez is hitting .267 with 24 doubles, four triples, nine home runs, 71 RBIs, 16 walks and a .269 on-base percentage this season. His average, home runs and on-base percentage are career lows. He’s never had fewer than 15 home runs or had an on-base percentage lower than .300 prior to this year.

Last season, Ramirez hit .267 with 15 home runs, 70 RBIs, 51 walks and a .328 on-base percentage.

“Like I said, this is probably one of the worst years that I’ve had,” Ramirez said prior to Friday’s game. “It’s just something that I’m definitely, I feel like I’m a little bit off at the plate. When the offseason comes up, all I’m going to do is work a lot harder to get back what I’ve had.

“Even though the numbers are similar to what they have been in the past, it’s more so that I know I can play better than what I have. I’m more upset with myself because I know I can do better than what I’m doing.”

Ramirez has also struggled like a number of his teammates in September. He’s hitting .238 with nine RBIs and a .256 on-base percentage this month. He had a .290 average with 13 RBIs and a .321 on-base percentage in August and a .323 average with 12 RBIs and a .344 on-base percentage in July.

Ramirez claimed his hitting woes aren’t connected to being fatigued.

“I wouldn’t say being tired,” Ramirez said. “It’s just one of those things that right now, it’s just the will to win is what you are looking for. In doing so, you just hope you don’t make mistakes.

“I really can’t speak for the rest of the guys. For myself, I do say that I get a little bit anxious when I get up to the plate. Then, it’s just trying to help the team, trying to help us in. It’s something I have to control a little bit more.”

Ramirez has been the team’s best defensive player this season. He has a .982 fielding percentage and has committed 12 errors in 657 chances. He has a team-best 2.4 defensive WAR.