The Detroit Tigers brought in catcher Wilson Ramos this offseason to be the backstop for this organization while they continue on through the rebuild. Ramos has been unique for the Tigers; he has provided a useful hit-tool that the Tigers have not seen in a while.
Detroit Jock City Co-Expert Bob Heyrman longs for the days of Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez being behind the dish, and Ramos is nowhere near that, but he has brought some hitting to the table. With Ramos adding some pop and the ability to hit the ball, the Detroit Tigers have a serviceable catcher.
For the Tigers, Ramos is a better option than Grayson Greiner and Jake Rogers currently. Greiner is being seasoned to catch the youngsters, and Rogers is at the alternate training site, but Ramos is manning the majority of the duties at the big league level.
Ramos has been able to start the year off well for the Tigers and is much better than an 0-for-3 with three strikeout appearances from the catcher’s spot in the lineup. Not having a near-automatic out at the bottom of the lineup is incredibly positive for the Tigers’ current situation.
The Detroit Tigers are seeing some unfamiliar hitting from the catcher spot courtesy of Wilson Ramos.
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In 2021, Ramos has played in five games for the Tigers, where he has hit .250/.333/.688 with a 1.021 OPS for the Tigers.
He has even added two big flies to his credit so far, both of them being solo shots.
Frankly, it is nice to see Ramos adding some power to the Tigers lineup, even if it is solo home runs. Just adding a plus hit tool is a positive for the Tigers as the 2021 season keeps going.
If Ramos can be a source of pop and hit well consistently from the bottom of the Tigers lineup, he will be worth every penny of his contract.
Manufacturing runs is the name of the game for the Tigers, especially where the Tigers are in a rebuild and just looking to stay competitive and scratch across runs any way they can.
Manager A.J. Hinch has said that they may not win every game, but the goal in 2021 is going to be playing more competitive baseball.
It may be a stretch to say that Ramos hitting well will greatly impact the Tigers lineup, but it is nice to see a catcher that is producing in the Tigers lineup once again. Hopefully, he can keep this up as the Tigers season continues.
The Tigers made a good signing with Ramos in 2021, and the fact that he is hitting as well as he has been so far makes it worth it.