Wilson Ramos, Catcher, Tampa Bay Rays
Date of Birth: 8/10/1987
Birthplace: Valencia, Venezuela
Current Salary: $4,000,000
Wilson Ramos, catcher for the Tampa Bay Rays, was first signed by the Minnesota Twins in 2004. He played in the Twins' minor league system from 2006 to 2010.
After seven games with the Twins in 2010, Ramos was traded to the Washington Nationals in July. He played in just 15 games with the Nationals that year, spending the rest of the season in their minor league system.
In 2011, Ramos played in 113 games with the Nationals. He batted .267 with 104 hits, 22 doubles, 15 home runs, and 52 RBIs. The following year, he had a knee injury that kept him out of the major leagues for most of the season. He played in just 25 games with the Nationals in 2012. In 2013, he was again injured and he played in just 78 games, batting .272 with 78 hits, 16 home runs, and 59 RBIs.
Ramos finished the 2014 season with 91 hits, 47 RBIs, and a .267 batting average in 88 games. In the postseason, he batted just .118 with 2 hits in 17 at-bats in 4 games.
Ramos was the Nationals' regular catcher in 2015. He finished the season with 109 hits, 16 doubles, 15 home runs, 68 RBIs, and a .229 batting average in 128 games. As a catcher, he made 77 assists, 1,026 putouts, and 6 errors in 125 games. He caught players trying to steal 44.4% of the time and he had a .995 fielding percentage.
Ramos had a strong season in 2016, batting a career high .307 and winning his first Silver Slugger award. In 131 games, he had career highs in hits (148), doubles (25), home runs (22), and RBIs (80). Defensively, as the Nationals' catcher in 128 games, he made 61 assists, 1,094 putouts, and 3 error. He had a .997 fielding percentage and he caught players trying to steal 37.3% of the time. He didn't play with the Nationals in the postseason.
Ramos signed a two-year, $12.5 million contract with the Rays on December 12, 2016.
Career batting statistics for Ramos through 2016 include:
- 585 games played
- 574 hits
- 321 RBIs
- 386 strikeouts to 140 walks
- .269 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Ramos as a catcher through 2016 include:
- 571 games played
- 306 assists
- 4,349 putouts
- 28 errors
- .337 caught stealing percentage
- .994 fielding percentage
In 2011, Ramos had a harrowing experience while in his home country of Venezuela. He was abducted and kept in captivity for two days before being rescued.