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While Justin Bour joined the Phillies on Saturday in San Diego and Asdrubal Cabrera got his 11th start with the team, the biggest bat the Phils added at the trade deadline began a rehab assignment in Florida.

Wilson Ramos caught five innings and went 0 for 2 with the Clearwater Threshers on Saturday night. It was the next step in his rehab from a hamstring injury that has caused him to miss nearly a month.

When Ramos is ready, he will be a huge upgrade for the Phillies, offensively and defensively. He's hit .297 with an .834 OPS this season. He's not just a good hitter for a catcher — he's a good hitter, period. He drives the ball consistently and doesn't strike out much. 

Ramos has struck out in 17 percent of his career plate appearances. Jorge Alfaro has struck out a whopping 36 percent of the time. 

Ramos can bat cleanup for any team in baseball. He could bat cleanup for the Red Sox or Astros. He's that powerful and dangerous a hitter. He's the kind of player who always looks "hitterish" because of his batting stance, physically imposing frame and confidence.

When Ramos makes it back to the majors, it wouldn't be surprising if Gabe Kapler batted him fourth. We could be looking at a lineup like this:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Rhys Hoskins, LF
3. Nick Williams, RF
4. Wilson Ramos, C
5. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
6. Carlos Santana, 1B
7. Odubel Herrera, CF
8. Maikel Franco, 3B

Talk about a lengthy lineup. It doesn't look as dangerous when the Phils' offense is struggling like it has out West this week, but that's a lineup of eight hitters who have either power, above-average plate selection or both.

 

In an AL park against a right-handed pitcher, the Phillies' projected lineup is even more dangerous.

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Rhys Hoskins, LF
3. Nick Williams, RF
4. Wilson Ramos, C
5. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
6. Carlos Santana, 1B
7. Justin Bour, DH
8. Odubel Herrera, CF
9. Maikel Franco, 3B

The Phils have three games left in an AL park — Aug. 24-26 at Toronto, a great venue for hitters.

One more thing to like a lot about Ramos is his success against pitchers the Phillies will face down the stretch. 

He's a combined 15 for 51 (.294) with six extra-base hits against Julio Teheran, Mike Foltynewicz, Kevin Gausman and Anibal Sanchez, four of the Braves' five starters.

Ramos has held his own against Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler, going 11 for 44 (.250) with three doubles, a homer and 10 RBI.

He's hit Nationals right-hander Jeremy Hellickson hard, and he's a career .306 hitter with a .964 OPS against active Marlins pitchers.

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