2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Wilson Ramos
Greg Jewett takes a closer look at Wilson Ramos and lets fantasy baseball owners know what to expect from the New York Mets catcher during the 2020 MLB season.
There’s many ways to approach targeting a catcher in fantasy, but it seems like Wilson Ramos will not reach his outlier power displayed in 2016 with 22 home runs. In fact, his 2019 could be the ceiling going forward. Solid, but not exciting. Ramos appeared in 141 games with 52 runs, 14 home runs, 73 RBI, a stolen base and .288/.351/.416 slash line. Ramos produced an 8.4 walk percentage with a 13.2 strikeout rate. His isolated power cratered by 52 points to .129 in a year earmarked by players recording career hard hit rates.
So, what happened and will Ramos ever produce power upside again? It starts with his launch angle last year of zero. Versus fastballs, Ramos owned a launch angle of negative one, which seems almost impossible. Ramos recorded 407 batted ball events with 19 barrels (4.7 percent), an average exit velocity of 90 MPH and a 42.2 hard hit rate. Palatable but it caps reaching 20 home runs anytime soon.
For a positive, Ramos increased his zone contact (in the...