Alexei determined to deliver more production

CHICAGO -- The overall statistics indicate a 2012 drop in production for Alexei Ramirez.

Although he drove in 73, just four off of matching his single-season career high, and hit .336 with runners in scoring position, Ramirez dipped to a career-low with nine homers and his .265 average.

"I felt really good and comfortable defensively, but offensively, I could have done more," Ramirez said Sunday at SoxFest through translator and White Sox director of public relations Lou Hernandez. "I could have hit more home runs. I could have driven in more runs. I could have got more hits. I can say I could have done more.

"And this year is going to be different. I'm going to try to contribute more."

Part of Ramirez's slightly subpar season could be attributed to nagging soreness in his left wrist. The injury first arose at the end of July, when Ramirez collided with center fielder Alejandro De Aza on a Craig Gentry fly ball, and the pain lingered throughout the rest of the season.

Ramirez had his best month in August, hitting .290 with four homers and 13 RBIs, but knocked out only one homer with 11 RBIs over September and 10 at-bats in October. After his wrist healed three weeks into the offseason, Ramirez went back to work with a steely resolve.

"I'm preparing myself really hard for this coming year because I do feel that I could have done more last year," Ramirez said.

It was two years ago when Ramirez captured the Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger award for American League shortstops. Many view him as the AL's best fielding shortstop.

Talk is cheap at this point for Ramirez. In his sixth Major League season, he's approaching the campaign with the hunger of having something to prove.

"I feel like 2007. I feel like I just arrived," Ramirez said. "I feel like a rookie. I feel strong and I feel hungry to keep doing what I did when I got here and continue doing it this coming year.

"Every guy on the team is a leader. We are all responsible for being that type of a leader at our position and contributing."