Dec 17, 2018

New Mets Catcher: Wilson Ramos (2019)

Wilson Abraham Ramos Campos was born on August 10th 1987 in Valencia Venezuela. The six foot one catcher was signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Tins in July 2004.

In the minor leagues he was a fine defensive catcher, throwing out an incredible 43% of would be base stealers. He helped his team to a first half Florida State League title, then in the second half when the teams main catcher went down, he raised his average a good ninety points (.333) and was named to the All Star Team. The next year he hit .317 at AA New Britain & tore up the Venezuelan Winter League as well.

In 2010 he was invited to Spring training & hit well, batting over .400 showing off some fine defense too. But rather than have him sitting on the bench behind Joe Mauer, he was sent down to AAA Rochester. He got his callup at the end of April when Mauer went down with injury. 

Trivia: Ramos made Twins history when he collected four hits in his MLB debut, in an 8-3 win over the Cleveland Indians. He matched Twins legend, Kirby Puckett 's debut in 1984. A week later Mauer was back & Ramos back at AAA.

In July he was traded to the Washington Nationals along with Joe Testa for closer Matt Clapps. In 2011 he batted .267 with 15 HRs 22 doubles & 52 RBIs making Baseball Americas All Rookie team at Catcher, while coming in fourth in the Rookie of the Year voting. 

Drama: In November of 2011, while playing baseball in Venezuela, he was kidnapped by four gunman near his home. He was with his family at the time. Two days later he was reported alive & eight suspects were caught as he was freed. 

Quotes- Wilson Ramos: "What they did was laugh, joke about my pain. I'm very thankful, and I feel like I've been born again

Unfortunately, his next three years were filled with all kinds of injuries, limiting his playing time, with just 25 games in 2012 & seeing a high of 88 games in 2014.

Post Season: With all his injuries he only played in one post season, seeing action in the NLDS batting .118 in four games (2-17).

In 2015 he played in 128 games, 15 HRs 16 doubles with 68 RBIs but only batting .228. Defensively he was second in the NL throwing out 44% of would be base stealers, after coming in third the previous year at 37%. His .995 fielding % was 5th best & the next year he 2nd with a .997%.

He rebounded at the plate in 2016, batting .307 (9th best in the NL) with career highs in HRs 22 doubles 25 RBIs 80 hits 148 & on base % .354 as well as 131 games played. That year he made his first All Star appearance & won a Silver Slugger Award. Once again injury struck as he tore his ACL on September 26th, missing the post season.

Still out with injury entering 2017 he signed a two year deal with the Tampa Rays. That year in just 64 games he batted .260 with 11 HRs 35 RBIs while throwing out 30% of base runners attempting to steal.

In 2018 he began the year with the Tampa Rays, playing in 78 games batting .297 with 14 HRs 14 doubles 53 RBIs. He made the AL All Star team, his second All Star election but missed action nursing another injury. 

On July 31st, 2018 he was sent to the Philadelphia Phillies for a player to be named later. In just 23 games behind the plate he threw out 44% of would be base stealers & batted .37 in 33 games overall. He was granted free agency & was signed by the New York Mets in December. 

Although the Mets were chasing JT Realmuto from Miami, the asking price was too high. The Mets said well do business some where else. They had also thought about Yasmani Grandal from Los Angeles as well but chose to go with Ramos, as a much needed improvement behind the plate.

Family: Wilson & his wife have one daughter & a son. He has two brothers who also play professional baseball. His brother Nathaniel is in the New York Mets organization.

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