Nats’ top prospects - No. 5: Wilson Ramos

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos did quite well for himself after being acquired from the Minnesota Twins organization last season in the Matt Capps trade.

Ramos batted .278 in 22 games with 79 at-bats, seven doubles, one homer and five RBI. Even with such a short amount of time in D.C. with his new team, Baseball America rates Ramos as the No. 5 prospect in the Nats system.

Aaron Fitt of Baseball America says Ramos’ play is impressive because of the way he protects his pitcher.

“Ramos stands out most for his defense behind the plate,” Fitt said. “He has good receiving and blocking skills and a strong arm.”

With the question mark of how many games Pudge Rodriguez will play next year and the status of Jesus Flores’ recovery from shoulder injury, can Ramos stay in the lineup with his bat?

“The question is whether he will hit enough to be an everyday big league catcher,” says Fitt. “He has some power potential, but he needs to do a better job controlling the strike zone and making contact.”

Fitt says Ramos needs some time and lots of at bats as most young players do, but if he can accomplish that and get better at the plate, he could be that reliable catcher Mike Rizzo was looking for when he made the trade in 2010.

“I think he profiles as a .250-type hitter with 10 to 15 home run potential and strong defense,” Fitt said. “If he can improve his offense beyond that level, and I do think he has at least a chance to do so, then he can be a valuable catcher.”

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