Two-time All-Star Wilson Ramos didn’t quite play like one for the Mets in 2019 during the first half. However, a hitting streak in the second-half helped raise his numbers for the year to a level where we have to wonder if he’ll add a third All-Star selection to his resume in 2020.
Plenty of Mets fans are down on Ramos for his poor defensive reputation. It doesn’t help him to have both deGrom and Syndergaard to prefer other catchers. This doesn’t matter much with All-Star selections as offensive numbers tend to weigh a lot more heavily than anything else.
What’s more, just about every pitcher and catcher in this game are unfamiliar with one another. So, if Ramos’ numbers are looking good, there’s no reason why he can’t make it to the All-Star Game in orange and blue this upcoming year.
A similar sentiment can be said about catchers as I said about second basemen earlier. Half the league tends to have guys who are defense-first. Ramos is one of the best hitting catchers in the National League, making him a better candidate than most may realize to add another All-Star appearance to his resume this year.
Last year, Ramos hit .288/.351/.416. In the first half, he was at .272/.349/.408. Similar numbers could be enough to award him a trip. He will have some competition, but a first-half with a little more power and run-production could surprise Mets fans when they get to cheer for the Buffalo in mid-July when he takes the field at Dodger Stadium.
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Who do you think is a surprising candidate to make the All-Star team in 2020? I’ll give an honorable mention to J.D. Davis who may only need regular playing time to make a case for himself. I’m not so sure we’d be surprised based on the numbers he was able to muster up in 2019.