The Washington Nationals today recalled catcher Wilson Ramos and selected infielder Danny Espinosa from Syracuse of the Triple-A International League. The club also transferred right-handed pitcher Stephen Strasburg to the 60-Day Disabled List. Nationals Senior Vice President and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.
Ramos, 23, returns to the Nationals for a second stint, as he debuted with Washington on Aug. 19 at Atlanta when fellow catcher Wil Nieves was placed on the Temporary Leave List. Ramos is 8-for-31 (.258) with one RBI in eight big league contests with Minnesota (7 games) and Washington (one) this season. He was acquired from Minnesota on July 29 in exchange for NL All-Star closer Matt Capps.
Ramos hit .258 with 17 doubles, eight home runs and 38 RBI in 91 Triple-A games this season, including a .329 mark with three home runs and eight RBI in 19 August contests with Syracuse.
Regarded as one of baseball’s top prospects, the Venezuela-born Ramos entered 2010 rated as the best power hitter, the best defensive catcher and the Twins’ No. 2 prospect according to industry-insider Baseball America. Entering the 2009 season, BA listed Ramos as Minnesota’s third-ranked prospect.
In 123 combined games with Syracuse (24 games) and Harrisburg (99), Espinosa hit .268 with 18 doubles, 22 home runs, 69 RBI, 41 walks and 25 stolen bases this season at the minor-league level. Via a two-run homer on Aug. 8, Espinosa became the second player in professional baseball to earn 20-homer, 20-stolen base status this season. There are currently five professional 20-20 players, including Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez (29 home runs, 20 stolen bags) and Arizona’s Chris Young (22, 26).
Espinosa, 23, entered 2010 rated by Baseball America as the Nationals’ No. 5 overall prospect and their best defensive infielder. Last month, in a BA survey of league managers, Espinosa was credited as owning the best infield arm in the Double-A Eastern League.