Wilson Ramos Injury: Jesus Flores Will Take Advantage of Increased Playing Time

Kenny DeJohn@@kennydejohnAnalyst IIIMay 14, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 27:  Jesus Flores #26 of the Washington Nationals heads back to the dugout after tagging out Tony Gwynn #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers at the plate to end the eighth inning at Dodger Stadium on April 27, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos suffered a torn ACL in Saturday's game against the Cincinnati Reds, and it's likely that he will be lost for the season.

This is just another setback for the NL East-leading Nationals, as they have already seen Ryan Zimmerman, Adam LaRoche, Brad Lidge, Michael Morse, Mark DeRosa, Jayson Werth and Drew Storen all go down with injuries.

In response to the injury, the Nationals called up catcher Sandy Leon from Double-A Harrisburg. Through 27 games in the minors, Leon posted a .319 average, a home run and 12 RBI.

Leon will be the backup to Ramos' replacement, 27-year-old Jesus Flores.

Even though Ramos was one of the best rookies in the league last season, the Nationals won't be affected so much by the injury because of the man replacing him.

Flores has played sporadically throughout his five-year career—90 games is the most he's ever played in (2008). That doesn't mean he can't be effective, though.

Flores' best offensive season came in 2009. In 29 games (93 at-bats), he hit .301/.371/.505 with four home runs and 15 RBI.

Sure, it's a small sample size.

The potential is there for Flores to produce over an entire season, though.

His defense is very strong, as he owns a career fielding percentage of .991—that's 11 errors over 1,551 innings).

He's also thrown out 30 percent of potential base-stealers, three percent above the league average of 27.

It may take some time for Flores to get used to playing everyday, but the potential is there for him to turn himself into a more-than-viable starting catcher.

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