After clinching their third NL East title in five years, readying for a playoff showdown with the LA Dodgers, the Washington Nationals faced news they did not want to hear today. Nats’ manager Dusty Baker confirmed that Catcher Wilson Ramos suffered a torn ACL last night. Ramos was injured last night in the Nats’ loss to Arizona.
Ramos, in the last year of his current contract, was having a career season, batting .307 over 131 games. Ramos set season highs in games played (131), hits (148), doubles (25), Home Runs (22), runs scored (58), and RBI (80). He had a healthy .496 slugging percentage and a .354 on base percentage. However, Ramos will be more than just missed at the plate. Ramos has become a favorite staple behind the plate for the Nationals pitching staff. His absence is pretty significant and horribly timed, as the Nationals continue the quest to beat out the Dodgers for home field advantage.
Backup catcher Jose Lobaton will take over catching duties for Ramos. Replacing Ramos on the roster will be prospect catcher Spencer Kieboom. Kieboom was the Nationals’ 2012 fifth round draft selection. His brother, Carter Kieboom, was the Nationals top draft selection in this year’s MLB Draft. Kieboom spent this season at AA Harrisburg where he batted .230 in 309 plate appearances. In five minor league seasons, Kieboom is a .264 career batter. Perhaps the reason Kieboom got the call is the reason he as drafted, he has above average defensive skill set and an advanced game management skills, something that will be critical in the playoffs.
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