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Nationals roster review: Wilson Ramos


Nationals roster review: Wilson Ramos

Age on Opening Day 2016: 28

How acquired: Trade from Twins for RHP Matt Capps, July 2010

MLB service time: 5 years, 47 days

2015 salary+bonuses: $3.55 million

Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2016, free agent in 2017

2015 stats: 128 G, 504 PA, 41 R, 109 H, 16 2B, 0 3B, 15 HR, 68 RBI, 0 SB, 21 BB, 101 SO, .229 AVG, .258 OBP, .358 SLG, .616 OPS, 6 E, 44% CS rate, 0.8 WAR

Quotable: "I've been working really, really hard to be healthy to be behind the plate for a lot of games. And this year I did it well. It makes me feel good, because I'm doing what I was working for. It feels really good." — Wilson Ramos

2015 analysis: Wilson Ramos' goal entering 2015 was simple: Avoid significant injury for the first time in his major-league career and catch at least 120 games. He was successful in that regard, never landing on the DL and getting behind the plate 125 times (seventh-most in baseball).

It's not just that Ramos was behind the plate, though. He was effective back there, as well. His 3.43 catcher's ERA ranked fourth in the majors. His 44.4 percent caught-stealing rate tied Russell Martin for the majors' best. And, of course, he played his role in both of Max Scherzer's no-hitters, the third he caught in his team's last 162 games.

At the plate, though, Ramos was inconsistent. He went through a few hot stretches, delivered several of the season's biggest hits (including his Labor Day grand slam against the Mets) and produced 68 RBI as a catcher (most in the NL). But his batting average, on-base percentage and OPS as a catcher all ranked last in the NL.

2016 outlook: Ramos has proven he can make it through an entire season intact, but here's the question: Is he actually better off playing a little bit less? Ramos' offensive production dropped this year. He showed at times in the past he was more productive when not catching every day; perhaps he might recapture some of that if catching, say, four times a week instead of five.

Ramos' defensive reputation sometimes gets knocked because of his struggles receiving throws from outfielders and relay men on plays at the plate. To be sure, that has always been a problem area for him. But he has established himself as a very good game-caller and thrower, and that certainly counts for something.

The Nationals do face something of a decision this winter, though: Ramos is entering his walk year. Do they believe he is worth locking up to an extension? Do they figure they'll let him leave as a free agent next offseason? Or would they consider exploring offers for him right now and seeing what they could get in return for a catcher who might not be part of the organization beyond 2016 anyway?

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.

Dancing is not.

On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor. 

With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch." 

Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.

While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."


It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.

While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle. 

106.7 The Fans Sports Junkies simulcasts on NBC Sports Washington every weekday morning from 6:00 to 10:00 am ET. You can stream the Sports Junkies right here

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The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful


The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful

It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.

It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.

They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training. 


Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.

Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.

Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.