Jose Lobaton, Catcher, New York Mets
Date of Birth: 10/21/1984
Birthplace: Acarigua, Venezuela
Jose Lobaton, catcher for the New York Mets, was first signed by the San Diego Padres in 2003. He played in the Padres' minor league system from 2003 through 2009 before they designated him for assignment on July 28, 2009, after just 7 games with the team. The Tampa Bay Rays claimed him off waivers on July 30, 2009. He spent the rest of the 2009 season and all of the 2010 season and most of the 2011 season in the minor leagues.
In 2013, Lobaton batted .249 in 100 games with the Rays. As a catcher, he played in 96 games and he made 643 putouts with a .996 fielding percentage. He didn't do very well, however, at catching players trying to steal - he caught only 10 players while allowing 63 to steal bases.
In February, 2014, the Rays traded Lobaton to the Washington Nationals. He finished the 2014 season with 50 hits and a .234 batting average in 66 games. He didn't play with the Nationals in the postseason.
Lobaton played in just 44 games with the Nationals in 2015. He batted .199 with 27 hits. He played in 39 games in 2016 and he batted .232.
Lobaton batted just .170 in 51 games with the Nationals in 2017. Defensively, as the Nationals' catcher in 50 games, he made 20 assists, 386 putouts, and 6 errors. He caught players trying to steal 19.5% of the time. In the postseason, he had 1 hit in 2 at-bats in 1 game.
Lobaton elected free agency on November 2, 2017. He signed a minor league contract with the Mets on December 15, 2017.
Career batting statistics for Lobaton through 2017 include:
- 391 games played
- 237 hits
- 278 strikeouts to 114 walks
- .218 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Lobaton as a catcher through 2017 include:
- 376 games played
- 175 assists
- 2,708 putouts
- 20 errors
- .212 caught stealing percentage
- .993 fielding percentage
Lobaton and his wife Nina were married at the Rays' Tropicana Field on July 3, 2012.