Washington Nationals Editorial: Where Does Wilson Ramos Rank Among Catchers in the NL East?
By Matt Weyrich
Our National League East rankings for 2016 continue as we take a look at the second base position.
After we complete our NL East 2016 Preview by ranking the top performers at each position, we will then rank the teams based on a system in which each club is awarded five points for a player ranked first place, four points for a player ranked second place, and so on. After taking a look at our bullpen, right field, second base, and shortstop rankings, read on to see how Wilson Ramos ranks among the catchers in the division.
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Four teams in the National League East have their catcher from 2015 returning to the field once again this season. Last year, the Phillies’ Carlos Ruiz topped the positional rankings heading into his age-36 season. New York’s Travis d’Arnaud slotted in at second, looking to build off his productive 2014 campaign. Following him was the Nats’ Wilson Ramos, who was expected to have a big year if he was to avoid injury. Rounding out the list was the Marlins’ Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who was released in early May after losing his spot to J.T. Realmuto, and Christian Bethancourt, who was traded last December after an abysmal year at the plate.
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This season, the rankings have shaken up a little bit. Wilson Ramos will be working to have a career year in what looks to be his final season in a Nats uniform. J.T. Realmuto returns to the field for Miami after a promising 2015 season. Travis d’Arnaud and Carlos Ruiz will be hoping to rebound after suffering injury-plagued seasons a year ago. In Atlanta, free agent pick up Tyler Flowers will be looking to improve after a disappointing year with the White Sox in 2015.
Stepping in at No. 5 in our rankings…
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