Wilson Ramos
Wilson Ramos
33-Year-Old CatcherC
Detroit Tigers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Ramos has 10 years at the big-league level playing the most taxing of positions on the field, and it is beginning to catch up with him. Ramos was one of the better offensive catchers for most of the previous decade, but 2020 showed a number of concerns to note moving forward. He hits a lot of groundballs, but normally hits them hard enough so that they get through the infield. That did not happen last year as most of his Statcast ratings were middle of the pack if not worse. Also troubling was his big jump in strikeout rate as his swing had a number of surprising holes in it that were previously not there. Couple that with the fact his sprint speed is slower than the average DMV worker on their best day, and the signs of an aggressive plunge down the aging curve are closer than you think. In a 15-team, one-catcher league, he is at the bottom of your list in 2021. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Tigers in January of 2021.
Signing with Tigers
CDetroit Tigers
January 26, 2021
Ramos agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with the Tigers on Tuesday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
ANALYSIS
The 33-year-old had his $10 million club option declined by the Mets in October, but he was able to latch on with the Tigers this offseason. Ramos had a down year in 2020 with a .684 OPS in 45 games, but he had an .808 OPS over the previous four seasons. He shouldn't be expected to regain that form in 2021, but he could still be a solid veteran piece for Detroit's otherwise unaccomplished catching group.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+22%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+22%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+32%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+12%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .910 282 32 12 47 0 .325 .390 .520
Since 2018vs Right .744 809 72 22 111 1 .275 .331 .413
2020vs Left .788 45 4 1 3 0 .282 .378 .410
2020vs Right .648 106 9 4 12 0 .222 .264 .384
2019vs Left .946 123 16 5 20 0 .346 .423 .523
2019vs Right .714 401 36 9 53 1 .270 .329 .385
2018vs Left .916 114 12 6 24 0 .321 .360 .557
2018vs Right .818 302 27 9 46 0 .301 .358 .460
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+73%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+3%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .779 523 49 15 71 1 .291 .344 .435
Since 2018Away .792 569 55 19 87 0 .285 .348 .444
2020Home .488 69 1 1 3 0 .161 .246 .242
2020Away .844 83 12 4 12 0 .299 .337 .506
2019Home .780 258 28 8 34 1 .291 .349 .432
2019Away .755 266 24 6 39 0 .285 .353 .402
2018Home .875 196 20 6 34 0 .335 .372 .503
2018Away .818 220 19 9 36 0 .279 .345 .472
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Stat Review
How does Wilson Ramos compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.32
 
BB Rate
6.5%
 
K Rate
20.0%
 
BABIP
.271
 
ISO
.148
 
AVG
.239
 
OBP
.297
 
SLG
.387
 
OPS
.684
 
wOBA
.301
 
Exit Velocity
81.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
32.1%
 
Barrels/PA
5.2%
 
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The Mets reeled Ramos in last winter on a two-year, $19 million deal, a pittance for a player who posted a 132 wRC+ in 2018. Ramos couldn't replicate that career-best mark, but he still paid off for fantasy managers, playing the third-most games among catchers while batting .288 with 14 homers and 73 RBI. He was less valuable in real-life terms, however, rating poorly as a pitch framer and struggling to control the run game, as he yielded 21 more steals than any other backstop. Even his power was more questionable than the surface stats suggest; Ramos' average launch angle was zero degrees, lowest among all hitters with at least 100 batted-ball events. The underwhelming pool of catchers will help prop Ramos' value up again, but his defensive shortcomings, escalating groundball rate and poor track record of durability prior to 2019 put him at risk of seeing his numbers dip more than some may assume.
Ramos was one of fantasy's top catchers in 2018, slashing .297/.346/.488 with the Rays and .337/.396/.483 with Philadelphia after a trade. He cleared a .300 batting average for the second time in three seasons while delivering a 147 wRC+ against lefties and ridiculous opposite-field numbers: seven homers, .482 average and .267 wRC+ -- the fourth-best mark in the league. His power is among the best at the position (outside of Gary Sanchez). While Ramos has posted at least a 52% groundball rate each season since 2012, he's reached 20% HR/FB in each of the past three. When Ramos lifts it, it travels. Even if he gives back batting average for more power, or vice versa, Ramos should boast the overall production to climb toward the top of the catcher rankings again. The 31-year-old landed with the Mets in free agency.
A torn ACL near the end of 2016 kept Ramos sidelined for the first three months of the 2017 season, but he still ended up playing in 64 games for his new club, compiling a .260/.290/.447 slash line with 11 homers in 224 plate appearances. While his numbers represented a sizable step back from his All-Star campaign in 2016, we're willing to chalk that up mostly to rust coming off the knee injury. He started off slow upon returning, hitting just .200/.228/.360 in his first 23 games, but improved greatly in each of the final two months of the season, slashing .274/.321/.411 in August (22 games) followed by an impressive .317/.328/.600 in September (19 games) to close out the year. Ramos has never played more than 135 games in a season -- and may never do so -- but when healthy, he's among the more potent bats at the position.
Ramos put it all together at the plate in 2016, as his strikeout rate returned to his pre-2015 level while his BABIP and ISO both soared, resulting in career highs in just about every hitting category (he even tied his career high in steals). Disaster struck just a week before the end of the regular season, though, when he blew out his knee -- the second time he has endured such an injury, which is extremely concerning, given his position. The injury cost the Nationals one of their biggest bats for the playoffs and also cost him a qualifying offer or a big contract from Washington. Instead, Ramos will head to Tampa on a two-year prove-it deal, getting a chance to DH while he fully recovers from surgery and still makes a contribution. The optimistic timetable puts him into regular-season action in early May, but seasoned owners should only pay for four months of production, on the high end.
Ramos played the most games he has played in a season in 2015. He has developed as the Nationals' everyday starter at catcher and was their number one option throughout this entire season. As you would expect from a catcher he did take a lot of days off but these were mainly for rest reasons and not a result of any injuries. In a 109-hit season Ramos managed a .229/.258/.358 slash line with 15 home runs and 68 RBI while adding 16 doubles as well. Ramos is a power-hitting catcher which comes with a high strikeout count. Barring a setback, Ramos will continue to be Washington's starting catcher and he'll be a relevant fantasy option in most formats.
Ramos just can't seem to stay in one piece, as an early-season hamstring strain and broken hamate bone limited him to just 88 games in 2014. While that's an improvement on the year before, it's still not the kind of track record you want to see in someone playing a physically-demanding position like catcher. When he's actually on the field, Ramos continues to supply solid power numbers at the plate and above-average defense behind it, and his August performance (six home runs in 87 at-bats and a .241 ISO) certainly provides more hope that a healthy Ramos will be a very productive Ramos. However, there's little evidence to suggest that he can actually stay healthy for more than a couple of months at a stretch. He's a good upside play if you can get him at a reduced price due to the injuries, but don't pay full retail for that upside.
If anyone deserved to have a breakthrough campaign it was Ramos, the victim of a 2011 kidnapping. While his bat obliged, his hamstrings weren't as cooperative. Still, 16 home runs in just 287 at-bats is an eye-popping number for a catcher especially when it comes paired with a solid .272 batting average, so Ramos should be one of the first backstops off the board in fantasy drafts this year. Given his injury history we'd feel a little more comfortable if the Nationals had a reliable backup on the roster to ease his workload though.
If any player was entitled to a break in 2012 it was Ramos, who survived a kidnapping in November, but the baseball gods were fickle and instead his season ended in May after he tore his ACL. The Nationals ran through a number of catchers in his absence but none of them did especially well, and the knee should be fine for the beginning of spring training, so assuming his Jobian luck changes, Ramos' job as the starter behind the plate should be secure. Expecting him to build on his solid 2011 season at the plate as well might be asking a little too much, however.
Ramos put together a very good rookie season in 2011 showing more patience at the plate than previously advertised (8.7 percent walk rate), and producing an elevated HR/FB ratio of 13.4 percent. He is an above average defensive catcher, and ranked ninth in baseball among qualified catchers in terms of weighted OBA (.332). Look for his strikeout rate to come down a bit, as his swinging-strike rate showed improvement last season. Look for his average to improve, but his OBP should remain the same, as his walk rate is likely to decrease. Fortunately, Ramos was rescued from kidnappers in Venezuela during the offseason, and he should be ready to go for the start of spring training after the scary incident.
Defensively, Ramos is everything you could want in a catcher, with a big-time arm that should make any potential basestealer think twice or even thrice before taking off. At the plate, though, he's still a work in progress, with little plate discipline and a swing-for-the-fences approach. The Nationals will take a very long look at both Ramos and Jesus Flores in spring training, and there's no guarantee that Ramos is the one who will end up splitting time in the majors with the ghost of Ivan Rodriguez. Further complicating the backstop picture is the presence of Derek Norris in the system behind them, though he's at least a year away. By Opening Day, Ramos could be starting in the bigs, or at Triple-A, or learning the ropes backing up I-Rod, or in another organization entirely. The first two options seem the most likely, but don't expect much value in the short term even in the best-case scenario.
Ramos has become one of Minnesota's top prospects with a good eye at the plate and strong throwing arm. He missed significant time last season due to a hamstring injury, but still posted showed strong plate discipline and decent power. His path to the majors is blocked by Joe Mauer and with Jose Morales emerging as Mauer's backup, Ramos may need to be traded to another organization to find a regular role in the majors. Still, he's a keeper to grab for when he eventually finds major league playing time.
Ramos has climbed to the upper ranks of Minnesota's prospects with good power at the plate and a strong throwing arm behind the plate. He'll start the season at Double-A and could become Joe Mauer's backup in 2010 or a trade chip in the offseason.
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Heading to free agency
CNew York Mets
October 28, 2020
The Mets will decline Ramos' $10 million team option for 2021, making him a free agent, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.
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Clubs fifth homer
CNew York Mets
September 27, 2020
Ramos went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run during a 4-3 loss to the Nationals in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader.
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On bench Game 2
CNew York Mets
September 26, 2020
Ramos is out of the lineup for Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Nationals, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
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Sitting Thursday
CNew York Mets
September 24, 2020
Ramos is not in Thursday's lineup against the Nationals.
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Out of lineup
CNew York Mets
September 22, 2020
Ramos is not starting Tuesday's game against the Rays.
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