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Nationals Game Notes: June 7 at Chicago White Sox

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Washington Nationals (34-23) at Chicago White Sox (29-28)
RHP Joe Ross [5-4, 2.37] | RHP Mat Latos [6-1, 4.02]
Tuesday, June 7 l Game #58 / Road #32 l U.S. Cellular Field l Chicago, I.L. l 7:10 P.M. CT
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

BACK IN THE WINDY CITY
The Nationals visit the Windy City for the second time in a month, this time to square off against the White Sox in a three-game Interleague series…Chicago is the third and final stop on the Nationals’ current three-city, nine-game, 11-day trek, which is the longest (by days) they’ll make this season.

  • At 34-23 (.596), the Nationals have the third best record in Major League Baseball behind the Chicago Cubs (40-16, .714) and Texas Rangers (35-22, .614).
  • The Nationals have played to an 19-12 (.613) record on the road thus far this season, behind only the Cubs (18-8, .692) and Seattle Mariners (19-11, .633) in MLB.

NEVER A DOUBT
The Nationals avoided the sweep on Sunday, topping the Cincinnati Reds in come-from-behind fashion…Washington trailed, 5-0, after two innings, but went on to score five runs in the fourth, three in the fifth and two in the sixth, eventually topping the Reds, 10-9…It was the Nationals’ 15th come-from-behind win of the season and the five-run deficit was their largest deficit overcome to win in 2016.

  • The Nationals’ 3-4-5 hitters (RF Bryce Harper (3-for-5, 2 R), 2B Daniel Murphy (3-for-5, HR, 3 RBI, 3 R) and C Wilson Ramos (3-for-5, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R)) each collected at least three hits and two runs scored in the win…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that was the first time since July 11, 2009 that the three players in the 3-4-5 spots in Washington’s batting order each had at least three hits and two runs scored (1B Nick Johnson, OF Josh Willingham and OF Adam Dunn) in the same game.

BUFFALO STAMPEDE
In seven games dating to May 29, Nationals C Wilson Ramos is 12-for-23 (.522) with two doubles, three homers, 10 RBI, two walks and eight runs scored…Ramos leads all catchers (min. 170 PA) in batting average (.350), on-base percentage (.392), slugging percentage (.569) and fewest strikeouts (20).

  • Ramos leads all MLB catchers with 31 RBI, while his 56 hits are second, and his eight home runs are tied for third.
  • After hitting .229 in 2015, Ramos and Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy are the only players in MLB to have increased their batting average at least 100 points from last year to this year (min. 100 PA in 2016 / 500PA in 2015), per Elias…Murphy went from .281 (2015) to .386.

HITTERS HIT
The Nationals’ batters are tied with the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets for the National League lead in home runs (76)…Nationals hitters also rank tied for sixth in the NL in walks (198) and their 441 strikeouts are tied for the third-fewest in the National League.

PITCHERS PITCH
Washington’s pitching staff leads Major League Baseball in strikeouts (541) and strikeouts-per-nine-innings (9.44)…The Nationals’ hurlers also rank in MLB in ERA (3rd, 3.18), strikeout-to-walk ratio (3rd, 3.45), walks/hits per innings pitched (3rd, 1.14) and hits per nine innings (3rd, 7.52).

Nationals Game Notes: June 5 vs. Cincinnati Reds

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Washington Nationals (33-23) at Cincinnati Reds (21-35)
RHP Tanner Roark [4-4, 2.70] | RHP Jon Moscot [0-2, 4.02]
Sunday, June 5 l Game #57 / Road #31 l Great American Ball Park l Cincinnati, O.H. l 1:10 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

FINALE FACTS
The Nationals and Reds will wrap up this three-game series Sunday afternoon at Great American Ball Park, with the Nationals looking to avoid their second road sweep of 2016…The Reds won a rain-delayed contest, 6-3, on Saturday to hand the Nationals just their fourth series loss of the season.

  • At 33-23 (.589), the Nationals are tied for the fourth-best record in MLB, behind only the Chicago Cubs (39-15, .722), San Francisco Giants (35-23, .603) and Texas Rangers (33-22, .600).
  • The Nationals have played to an 18-12 (.600) record on the road thus far this season, again behind only the Cubs (17-8, .680) and Giants (19-12, .613) for the best mark in the NL.
  • Cincinnati is the second stop on the Nationals’ current three-city, nine-game, 11-day trek, which is the longest (by days) they’ll make this season…After Sunday’s finale, Washington will pack up and head to Chicago for an off day on Monday before opening a three-game set at the White Sox on Tuesday evening.

STREAKING STRAS
With a strikeout of Dan Straily in the fifth inning on Saturday, Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg became the first pitcher in Nationals history (2005-present) to tally 1,000 strikeouts with Washington…LHP Gio Gonzalez struck out his 1,000th batter in a Nationals uniform, but 511 of his first 1K were with the Oakland Athletics…Strasburg is the 40th active pitcher to notch 1,000 strikeouts in his career, the 488th in baseball history.

  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Strasburg reached the 1,000 strikeout mark in the fifth-fewest innings in Major League history:

PITCHER IP AT TIME OF 1K
1. Billy Wagner 757.2 IP
2. Octavio Dotel 820.1 IP
3. Francisco Rodriguez 827.1 IP
4. Kerry Wood 853.0 IP
5. Stephen Strasburg 855.0 IP
6. Chris Sale 872.0 IP
7. Tim Lincecum 896.1 IP

  • While taking a no-decision on Saturday, Strasburg kept intact his franchise record (Nationals/Expos) 12-game winning streak, dating to Sept. 15, 2015…The record, which is among starting pitchers, surpassed the 11-game winning streaks of RHP Livan Hernandez (4/4-7/1/05) and RHP Dennis Martinez (5/9-7/29/89).
  • In addition, Strasburg’s 9-0 record to start a season topped the 1997 8-0 start of Hall of Fame RHP Pedro Martinez (4/15-5/23/97) for a new franchise record (Nationals/Expos).

BUFFALO STAMPEDE
Nationals C Wilson Ramos went 1-for-3 with a double and a run on Saturday, improving his batting average to .342 through the season’s first 56 games…Ramos leads all catchers (min. 150 PA) in batting average (.342), on-base percentage (.386), slugging percentage (.546), RBI (29), and fewest strikeouts (19).

  • After hitting .229 in 2015, Ramos and teammate 2B Daniel Murphy are the only players in MLB to have increased their batting average at least 100 points from last year to this year (min. 100 PA in 2016 / 500PA in 2015), per Elias…Murphy went from .281 (2015) to .386.
  • Through June 3, Ramos’ batting average is 30 points higher than the next closest catcher (min. 150 PA) in all of MLB: MIL’s Jonathan Lucroy (.312).

Nationals Game Notes: June 4 vs. Cincinnati Reds

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Washington Nationals (33-22) at Cincinnati Reds (20-35)
RHP Stephen Strasburg [9-0, 2.69] | RHP Dan Straily [3-2, 3.43]
Saturday, June 4 l Game #56 / Road #30 l Great American Ball Park l Cincinnati, O.H. l 4:10 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

STATUS CHECK
The Nationals fell to the Reds, 7-2, in the series opener on Friday night…The loss was Washington’s seventh series-opening defeat, though the Nationals have ultimately dropped just three total series (of 17) this season.

  • At 33-22 (.600), the Nationals have the third-best record in MLB, behind only the Chicago Cubs (38-15, .715) and the San Francisco Giants (35-22, .614).
  • The Nationals have played to an 18-11 (.621) record on the road thus far this season, again behind only the Cubs (17-8, .680) and Giants (19-11, .633) for the best mark in the NL.
  • Cincinnati is the second stop on the Nationals’ current three-city, nine-game, 11-day trek, which is the longest (by days) they’ll make this season.

BUFFALO STAMPEDE
Summoned off the bench in the late innings on Friday, Nationals C Wilson Ramos went 1-for-1 with a double and improved his batting average to .342 through the season’s first 55 games…Ramos leads all catchers (min. 150 PA) in batting average (.342), on-base percentage (.387), slugging percentage (.546), RBI (29), and fewest strikeouts (19).

  • After hitting .229 in 2015, Ramos and teammate 2B Daniel Murphy are the only players in MLB to have increased their batting average at least 100 points from last year to this year (min. 100 PA in 2016 / 500PA in 2015), per Elias…Murphy went from .281 (2015) to .386.
  • Through June 3, Ramos’ batting average is nearly 40 points higher than the next closest catcher (min. 150 PA) in all of MLB: MIL’s Jonathan Lucroy (.304).

TREA DELIVERY
The Nationals recalled INF Trea Turner on Friday and placed 1B Ryan Zimmerman on the Paternity List…Turner, the No. 9 prospect in all of baseball entering this season (according to Baseball America), earned the second MLB call-up of his career by hitting .310 with a .376 on-base percentage in 50 games at Triple-A.

  • Turner returned to the Major Leagues without skipping a beat, going 3-for-3 with a double and a walk on Friday night…The three hits were a career best in one game for Turner.
  • Zimmerman and his wife, Heather, welcomed their second child on Thursday.

MAKING THEM COUNT
Nationals OF Jayson Werth clubbed his ninth home run of the season on Friday night…It was the third home run in the last five games for Werth…Since May 29, Werth has gone 5-for-18, but four of his five hits have been for extra bases (3 HR, 1 2B) and he’s collected 7 RBI.

STREAKING STRAS
Earning the win in the Nationals’ 10-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday, Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg extended his winning streak to a franchise record (Nationals/Expos) 12 games, dating to Sept. 15, 2015…The record, which is among starting pitchers, surpassed the 11-game winning streaks of RHP Livan Hernandez (4/4-7/1/05) and RHP Dennis Martinez (5/9-7/29/89).

  • In addition, Strasburg’s 9-0 record to start a season topped the 1997 8-0 start of Hall of Fame RHP Pedro Martinez (4/15-5/23/97) for a new franchise record (Nationals/Expos).
  • WSH is 15-0 in Strasburg’s last 15 starts (dating to Sept. 15, 2015)…The 15 straight team wins is a franchise record (Nationals/Expos), and the longest active streak in MLB.

Nationals Game Notes: June 3 vs. Cincinnati Reds

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Washington Nationals (33-21) at Cincinnati Reds (19-35)
LHP Gio Gonzalez [3-3, 3.57] | LHP Brandon Finnegan [1-4, 4.14]
Friday, June 3 l Game #55 / Road # 29 l Great American Ball Park l Cincinnati, O.H. l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

WHERE THINGS STAND
Moving to a season-high 12 games over .500 with a sweep of the Phillies, the Nationals will open a three-game set at Great American Ball Park Friday evening, their first meeting with the Reds this season…This is the second stop on the Nationals’ current three-city, nine-game, 11-day trek, which is the longest (by days) they’ll make this season.

  • At 33-21 (.611), the Nationals have the second-best record in MLB (Cubs, 37-15 (.712)).
  • The Nationals have played to an 18-10 (.643) record on the road thus far this season, again behind only the Chicago Cubs (17-8, .680) for the best mark in the National League.

TREA DELIVERY
The Nationals recalled INF Trea Turner on Friday morning and placed 1B Ryan Zimmerman on the Paternity List…Turner, the No. 9 prospect in all of baseball entering this season (according to Baseball America), earned the second MLB call-up of his career by hitting .310 with a .376 on-base percentage in 50 games at Triple-A…Turner leads the International League in runs (38) and stolen bases (17) while ranking second in hits (61) and fifth in average (.310).

  • Zimmerman and his wife, Heather, welcomed their second child on Thursday.

A RECORD-SETTING MONTH, HONORED APPROPRIATELY
After setting a franchise record for hits in a calendar month and leading the Major Leagues in batting average, Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy was named the National League Player of the Month for May on Thursday…Murphy ended the month of May leading Major League Baseball in batting average (.397), hits (77), and multi-hit games (26).

  • In May alone, Murphy hit .416 (47-for-113) with a .434 OBP and a .673 SLG in 29 games. He collected eight doubles, seven home runs, 32 singles, 23 RBI, two walks, 17 runs scored and 14 multi-hit games…Six of his 23 RBI were go-ahead tallies, and four were game-winners…He ended the month on a 10-game hitting streak, which he extended to 11 games by going 1-for-4 in his first June contest on Wednesday night at Philadelphia.
  • The 47 hits Murphy collected in May tied OF Al Oliver (August, 1982) and OF Marquis Grissom (June, 1994) for the franchise record (Nationals/Expos) for hits in a single month….Also a career high in a month for Murphy, his 47 hits were the most recorded by any NL player in any month since Melky Cabrera (51, 2012 San Francisco Giants).
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Murphy, who signed a three-year contract with WSH in January, is the first qualified player to post an average as high as .397 through the first two months of his first season with a new team since Roberto Alomar (.397, 1996 Orioles).
  • Murphy currently leads Major League Baseball in multi-hit games (26), batting average (.397) and hits (77)…He also ranks among MLB hitters in OPS (2nd, 1.062), slugging percentage (2nd, .634), on-base percentage (3rd, .428) and doubles (T11th, 15).
  • The Player of the Month honors were the first of Murphy’s career…He is the second National to earn POTM this season (also OF Bryce Harper, April)…They’re the first set of teammates to take home NL POTM in back-to-back months of the same season since Albert Pujols and Ryan Ludwick (June & July, 2009/STL), and the first NL teammates since the awards were established (1974) to sweep the season’s first two months.

BUFFALO STAMPEDE
With a 3-for-4 performance that included a home run, four RBI and a run scored on Wednesday night, Nationals C Wilson Ramos improved his batting average to .338 through the season’s first 54 games…Ramos leads all catchers (min. 150 PA) in batting average (.338), on-base percentage (.383), slugging percentage (.536), RBI (29), and fewest strikeouts (19).

  • After hitting .229 in 2015, Ramos and teammate 2B Daniel Murphy are the only players in MLB to have increased their batting average at least 100 points from last year to this year (min. 100 PA in 2016 / 500PA in 2015), per Elias…Murphy went from .281 (2015) to .394.

Nationals Game Notes: May 25 vs. New York Mets

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New York Mets (26-19) vs. Washington Nationals (28-18)
LHP Steven Matz (6-1, 2.81) | RHP Tanner Roark [3-3, 2.89]
Wednesday, May 25 l Game #47 / Home # 22 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 1:05 P.M.
Television: MASN/MLBN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

ABOUT LAST NIGHT
The Nationals blasted five home runs and RHP Stephen Strasburg cruised to his eighth victory of the season on Tuesday night as Washington topped the New York Mets, 7-4…The Nationals continue this seven-game homestand Wednesday afternoon with the finale vs. the Mets, and the St. Louis Cardinals (four games) come to town this weekend…Washington will then depart on a three-city, nine-game, 11-day road trip to Philadelphia, Cincinnati and Chicago (White Sox).

  • At 28-18 (.609), the Nationals have the second-best record in the National League behind the Chicago Cubs (30-14; .682) and possess the third-best record in MLB.
  • The Nationals’ 28-18 record matches the best mark in team history (2005-pres.) through 46 games, joining the 2012 Nationals (28-18).
  • The Nationals have posted a +53 run differential, the second-best mark in the National League (CHI: +118) and third-best in Major League Baseball (CHI: +118; BOS: +71).

HOMER HAPPY
The Nationals’ five home runs on Tuesday night (hit by 1B Ryan Zimmerman, 3B Anthony Rendon, 2B Daniel Murphy, CF Ben Revere, and C Wilson Ramos) were a new season high and matched the second-most home runs hit in a game this year league-wide…STL, NYM and BAL have each had a six-homer game this season.

  • Zimmerman and Rendon went back-to-back with their blasts in the fourth inning, the third time the Nationals hit back-to-back home runs this season.
  • Entering Tuesday’s game, the Mets were the only Major League team not to allow more than two home runs in a game this season.
  • The benefactor of all that run support, RHP Stephen Strasburg, improved to 8-0, joining RHP Pedro Martinez (April 15-May 23, 1997) and LHP Kirk Reuter as the only starting pitchers in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) to begin a season 8-0…The Nationals have now won each of Strasburg’s past 14 starts, a franchise record.

BULLISH ON THE ‘PEN
Despite allowing two runs in the ninth on Tuesday, Nationals relievers have posted a miniscule 0.93 ERA (4 ER/38.2 IP) since May 9 (14 games)…In that stretch, the Nationals’ ‘pen has struck out 9.8 batters per nine innings, posted a 3.82 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and surrendered just five extra base hits (4 2B, 1 HR)…That is far-and-away the best bullpen ERA in MLB in that stretch (2nd: MIL, 1.74).

  • Nationals relievers have also not allowed a single inherited runner to score during this run (22 IR, 0 IRS)…No other team that’s inherited 10 or more runners in that span has kept all of them from scoring…Only the Brewers (6 IR, 0 IRS) relievers have joined the Nationals in keeping all of their runners inherited since May 9 from crossing the plate.

Nationals Game Notes: May 18 vs. New York Mets

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Washington Nationals (23-16) at New York Mets (22-16)
LHP Gio Gonzalez [2-1, 1.93] | RHP Bartolo Colon [3-2, 3.53]
Wednesday, May 18 l Game #40 / Road #21 l Citi Field l New York, N.Y. l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN/ESPN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

WHERE THINGS STAND
The Nationals and Mets will lock horns twice more here in New York before Washington travels to Miami for a weekend set…The Mets took the opening game, 2-0, on Tuesday night, just the third shutout of the season for the Nationals’ offense…The Nationals have played to an 11-9 record on the road in 2016…Since the start of the 2014 season, Washington is 14-7 at Citi Field.

ANOTHER RECORD FOR THE BOOKS
Nationals RHP Max Scherzer struck out 10 more batters on Tuesday night, bringing the total from his last two starts to an even 30…Scherzer matched CLE RHP Corey Kluber (5/13/15 vs. STL (18); 5/18/15 at CWS (12)) for the record for most Ks in a two-game span among active players…Three of the previous four 20-strikeout games in MLB history were followed by a double-digit strikeout effort by the pitcher his next time out; Scherzer joined that club as well.

  • On May 11 vs. the Detroit Tigers, Scherzer became just the fourth pitcher in Major League history to strike out 20 batters in a nine-inning game…Scherzer joined Randy Johnson (May 8, 2001), Kerry Wood (May 6, 1998) and Roger Clemens (Sept. 18, 1996 & April 29, 1986) in the elite group…Scherzer’s 20 K’s are a Nationals record (2005-pres.), a franchise record (Nationals/Expos) and the most in D.C.-baseball history since Tom Cheney struck out 21 batters on Sept. 12, 1962 at Baltimore, but in 16 innings.
  • In Scherzer’s three historic performances with WSH (two no-hitters, 20-K game), he has combined for 47 strikeouts and no walks.

WARMING UP
Since returning from the bereavement list on May 3 at Kansas City, Nationals C Wilson Ramos has hit .370 (17-for-45) with three doubles, two home runs, six RBI and five walks…Ramos has ground into just two double plays in that 13-game stretch

  • Ramos is also hitting .500 with runners in scoring position in that span, going 5-for-10 with one double, one home run, one walk and five RBI…He is slugging .900.

Spring Training Preview: Catchers

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SPRING TRAINING PREVIEW – CATCHERS

This spring, 63 players — each member of the Nationals’ 40-man roster, plus 23 additional non-roster invitees — will vie for the 25 spots on Dusty Baker’s Opening Day ball club. Over the course of this week, we are introducing these players in their position groups, continuing today with catchers.

SPRING TRAINING NATIONALS

March 5 – Starting Pitchers

March 6 – Relief Pitchers

March 7 – Catchers

March 8 – Infielders

March 9 – Outfielders

SPENCER KIEBOOM

2015 Season Totals: N/A

Kieboom earned a non-roster invite to 2015 Spring Training and was added to Washington’s 40-man roster following the 2016 season. He boasts above-average defensive skills, having thrown out 41 percent (77-of-189) of would-be base stealers during his Minor League career. This past season, Kieboom hit .248 with 16 doubles, two home runs, 26 RBI and 30 runs scored in 71 games for Single-A Potomac en route to being named a Carolina League All-Star.

JOSE LOBATON

2015 Season Totals: .199/.279/.294, 57 wRC+, 9.7% BB rate, 25.8% K rate, -0.3 fWAR

Lobaton, acquired along with left-handed reliever Felipe Rivero and Minor League outfielder Drew Vettleson prior to the 2014 season, enters his third year as the Nats’ primary backup catcher. Known for his glovework behind the plate, Lobaton ranked 16th out of 117 catchers in pitch framing according to Matthew Carruth’s StatCorner. The 31-year-old switch-hitter contributed to the Nats’ wildest win of the 2015 season, going 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in a 13-12 win over Atlanta on April 28.

SPRING TRAINING NATIONALS

WILSON RAMOS

2015 Season Totals: .229/.258/.358, 63 wRC+, 4.2% BB rate, 20.0% K rate, 0.4 fWAR

Ramos, a 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Award finalist, enters his sixth full season as the Nationals’ primary backstop after playing a career-high 128 games played a season ago. “The Buffalo” also notched career bests in hits (109), runs batted in (68) and sacrifice flies (8), while coming within one of his top individual mark with 15 home runs. Behind the plate, the strong-armed 28-year-old tallied 77 assists and threw out 24-of-54 would-be basestealers, a 44 percent clip — 16 percent above the league average.

PEDRO SEVERINO

2015 Season Totals: .250/.250/.500, 97 wRC+, 0.0% BB rate, 25.0% K rate, 0.0 fWAR

A young, athletic catcher, Severino made his MLB debut in 2015. He was tabbed the “Best Defensive Catcher” in Washington’s system per Baseball America. He opened the season with Double-A Harrisburg and eventually made his MLB debut September 20 vs. Miami after having his contract selected on September 1. Severino hit .246 with 13 doubles, five homers, 34 RBI and 33 runs scored in 91 games with the Senators while being named an Eastern League midseason and postseason All-Star.

 

NON-ROSTER INVITEES

BRIAN JEROLOMAN…10-year Minor League veteran spent 2015 in Double-A Harrisburg.

JHONATAN SOLANO…Former Nationals backstop hit .314 for the 2012 NL East Division champs.

 

Bryce Harper, Wilson Ramos Named Rawlings Gold Glove Finalists

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By Kyle Brostowitz

The finalists for the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards were announced Thursday morning by Rawlings Sports, and for the fourth consecutive year, the Washington Nationals have two players among the honorees.

GoldGlove NoTextRight fielder Bryce Harper and catcher Wilson Ramos were named finalists at their respective positions, the first time for each player. The awards will be announced on November 10 on ESPN.

Harper is up against strong competition for the award, facing off against  St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Jason Heyward and New York Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson.

Ramos is also included in a talented group, up against St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey.

Harper made the transition to right field in 2015 and immediately displayed a strong arm and advanced defensive instincts that made him one of the best right fielders in the National League. He ranked fourth among National League right fielders in the SABR Defensive Index (4.9) and, according to FanGraphs.com, Harper ranked second in Outfield Runs Saved (2) and fourth in Total Defensive Runs Saved (7). According to STATS Inc., Harper ranked third among National League outfielders in Range Factor/9.0 innings (2.07) and Putouts/9.0 innings (2.01). STATSAST DATA

Ramos led National League catchers with a career-best 36.2% catcher caught stealing percentage, throwing out 17 of 47 potential base stealers. His 17 caught-stealings were his most since he threw out 19 in 2011. According to FanGraphs.com, Ramos led National League catchers in Defensive Runs Above Average (11.2) and was tied for first with San Francisco’s Buster Posey in Defensive Runs Saved (9). He ranked second, behind Posey, in SABR’s Defensive Index (8.6).

Ramos was behind the plate for both of Max Scherzer’s no-hitters (June 20 vs. PIT and Oct. 3 at NYM) and, combined with being behind the plate for Jordan Zimmermann’s no-hitter on the final day of the 2014 season, joined some exclusive company in 2015. Per STATS, Inc., Ramos is the 14th catcher since 1914 to catch three or more no-hitters and, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first ever to catch three in a 162-game span.

Each manager and up to six coaches on each staff voted from a pool of qualified players in their league, and cannot vote for players on their own team. As in 2014, Rawlings also included a sabermetric component to the Rawlings Gold Glove Award selection process, as part of its recent collaboration with the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).

The SABR Defensive Index accounted for approximately 25 percent of the overall selection total, with the managers and coaches’ vote continuing to carry the majority.

The winners of the 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards will be announced Tuesday night, November 10, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN in a special one-hour Baseball Tonight.

Spring Training Preview, Part I: Catchers

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by Mike Feigen

Over each of the next five weeks, we’ll break down the entire Nationals roster as the team prepares to take the field in Viera, Fla., to get to work on defending their NL East Division title. Beginning this week with catchers, we will look at the stockpile of talent acquired and developed by President of Baseball Operations & General Manager Mike Rizzo, 2014 NL Manager of the Year Matt Williams and their respective staffs.

We kick things off this week with catchers, including the two likely members of the Opening Day roster, a reliable backup and a recent addition to the 40-man roster.

WILSON RAMOS

2014 Season Totals: .267/.299/.399, 93 wRC+, 4.7% BB rate, 15.8% K rate, 2.0 fWAR in 361 PA

2015 Steamer Projection: .269/.316/.438, 109 wRC+, 6.3% BB rate, 14.9% K rate, 3.0 fWAR in 428 PA

Division Series - San Francisco Giants v Washington Nationals - Game TwoWhen we last saw Wilson Ramos in October, he had just completed all 44 defensive innings behind the plate during the Nationals’ four-game NLDS run against the San Francisco Giants. The winner of the Tony Conigliaro Award for spirit, determination and courage also caught 87 games during the regular season, his most games caught since 2011.

At the plate, “The Buffalo” belted 11 home runs and added 47 runs batted in on the year, solid numbers despite recovering from a hamate bone fracture suffered on Opening Day against the Mets and a hamstring strain in mid-June. Once his hand strength returned, so did his bat; Ramos slashed .196/.254/.250 with no home runs in his first 15 games of the season, then hit .319/.350/.490 with nine long balls over his next 52 games through late August.

Ramos also benefited from Williams’ emphasis on defending the running game, posting a career high 38 percent caught stealing rate (18-of-48), after nabbing just 25 percent (18-of-71) of runners the previous two years combined. He also was credited with the first four pickoffs of his career.

Using Steamer projections (located on FanGraphs.com), the 27-year-old backstop is due for a strong season at the plate, in which he should draw a few more walks and harness some of his immense power. Should that occur, it would go a long ways toward the Nationals finding themselves back in the postseason for the third time in four years.

JOSE LOBATON

2014 Season Totals: .234/.287/.304, 66 wRC+, 6.5% BB rate, 26.5% K rate, 0.6 fWAR in 230 PA

2015 Steamer Proj.: .234/.303/.340, 81 wRC+, 8.6% BB rate, 23.1% K rate, 0.2 fWAR in 116 PA

San Francisco Giants v Washington NationalsIn his first season, Jose Lobaton’s influence on the Nationals pitching staff was undeniable. The pitch-framing savant helped the Nationals to a 38-20 record during his 58 starts, including an 11-0 mark when Doug Fister was on the mound.

Acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays at the start of Spring Training, Lobaton got off to a bit of a slow start at the plate before finishing with a .305 batting average in August and September. He belted two home runs during the season, including a line drive shot into the bullpen to kick start an April 23 walk-off rally against the Los Angeles Angels.

Although Steamer’s projections have Lobaton’s plate appearances dipping significantly in 2015, the switch-hitter should have plenty of opportunities to spell Ramos to keep his fellow countryman’s legs fresh throughout the year.

SANDY LEON

2014 Season Totals: .156/.229/.219, 27 wRC+, 8.6% BB rate, 28.6% K rate, 0.0 fWAR in 70 PA

2015 Steamer Proj.: .213/.282/.309, 66 wRC+, 8.3% BB rate, 20.1% K rate, 0.1 fWAR in 91 PA

Atlanta Braves v Washington NationalsLike Lobaton, Sandy Leon is a switch-hitting catcher with a strong defensive reputation. And while the 30-year-old Lobaton likely has the 25-year-old Leon blocked for the time being, the Nationals have used a No. 3 catcher on multiple occasions during the past three seasons.

Leon collected his first Major League home run on April 14 at cavernous Marlins Park in Miami, demonstrating good pop at the plate. He also has shown a tremendous eye throughout his Minor League career, including walk rates of 13.0 percent at Double-A in 2013 and 11.9 percent at Triple-A this past season.

Should he return to Syracuse this upcoming season, Leon could be tasked with the continuing development of an excellent Triple-A pitching staff featuring the likes of A.J. Cole, Taylor Jordan, Taylor Hill and Blake Treinen, depending on who makes the Major League club out of Spring Training.

DAN BUTLER

2014 Season Totals: .211/.250/.368, 67 wRC+, 5.0% BB rate, 25.0% K rate, 0.1 fWAR in 20 PA

2015 Steamer Proj.: .233/.299/.360, 83 wRC+, 7.7% BB rate, 20.8% K rate, 0.0 fWAR in 1 PA

Boston Red Sox Vs. Baltimore Orioles At Fenway ParkWith the departure of Minor League catcher Jhonatan Solano following the 2014 season, the Nationals and Red Sox completed a deal that sent left-handed pitcher Danny Rosenbaum to the Red Sox and 28-year-old catcher Dan Butler to the Nationals.

In addition to having solid defensive skills, Butler showed flashes of power during his time in Boston’s organization, clubbing 14 home runs in 84 games for Triple-A Pawtucket in 2013, while also posting a .350 on base percentage and a .479 slugging percentage.

Butler made his Major League debut at the tail end of the 2014 season, batting 4-for-19 at the plate with three doubles and two runs batted in for the Red Sox. While Steamer only projects him for one plate appearance in 2015, his projected rate stats are in line with both Lobaton and Leon, giving the Nationals flexibility should they need to use a third or fourth catcher.

Nationals recall C Sandy Leon, place C Wilson Ramos on Paternity List

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by Amanda Comak

Miami Marlins v Washington NationalsWith Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos and his wife, Yely, expecting their first child, the Nationals placed Ramos on the Paternity List on Tuesday afternoon and recalled catcher Sandy Leon from Triple-A Syracuse.

Leon, 25, rejoins the Nationals for his third Major League stint of the season. The switch-hitting catcher is batting .212 (25-for-118) in 34 games with Syracuse this season, with eight doubles, two home runs and 11 RBI.

In 28 games behind the plate for the Chiefs, Leon has caught 65 percent of attempted base stealers (11-of-17).

Ramos, 26, is hitting .290 (54-for-186) with a .340 on-base percentage, eight doubles, three home runs and 25 RBI in 49 games this season.

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