Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE
Not as sexy an acquisition as Ryan Dempster, but the Washington Nationals need some depth at catcher.
The Denver Post says Ramon Hernandez was one of several players likely to be dealt by the cellar-dwelling Colorado Rockies, in addition to Marco Scutaro who was already traded to the San Francisco Giants on July 27. Troy Renck of The Denver Post further reported that the Washington Nationals were at Chase Field in Phoenix on July 25 to scout the Rockies as they played the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Washington Nationals have been plagued by injuries to their catchers all season long, most notably by losing starter Wilson Ramos for the season with a torn ACL. Jesus Flores has been a revelation while filling in for Ramos, but the grind has begun to wear on Flores, earning him the nickname "The Human Bruise".
Ramon Hernandez will provide just the depth that the Nationals need. The 14-year veteran from Caracas, Venezuela would actually be a defensive upgrade from both Jesus Flores and Wilson Ramos. The two Nationals catchers have career caught stealing percentages of 25% and 27% respectively, while Hernandez has a career caught stealing percentage of 31%.
Hernandez could potentially replace some of the power the lineup lost when Wilson Ramos went down.
Ramon is a career .264 hitter, with 165 home runs and 741 RBI, although his average and power numbers have dipped this year in only 34 games. Hernandez has been to the postseason six times with three different teams, most recently with the Cincinnati Reds in 2010. Ramon is a career .211 hitter in the postseason.
Ramon Hernandez would be a welcome addition to the Washington Nationals as they push towards what would be only the second postseason appearance in franchise history.