Bill Ladson of MLB.com tweeted today that the catching prospect Wilson Ramos has been called-up from Syracuse for tonight's game:
Ramos was traded to the Nationals by the Minnesota Twins for closer Matt Capps at the trade deadline in July. The 23-year-old catcher was considered one of the best catching prospects in baseball coming into 2010, but was stuck in Minnesota behind reigning MVP Joe Mauer.
Since being traded to the Washington organization, Ramos has been rejuvinated, hitting .317/.349/.483 with two bombs in 60 at bats with Syracuse.
As Will Nieves brings a new life into this world, he opens an opportunity to give birth to Ramos career (corny, but I couldn't resist it).
In all seriousness, Ramos had struggled in 2010 until coming to Syracuse, proving that perhaps all he needed was a change of scenery. In 71 games with Rochester, he had hit just .241/.280/.345 after having had hit .317/.341/.454 just a year before. Now the Nats hope that the trade and a promotion will help the talented youngster reach his full potential.
While it may just be a short call up, it certainly is a big day for the Nationals who will see their first legitimate hitting prospect reach the majors in a long time. Ramos has the potential to be an everyday starter in this league, and maybe even a fringe all-star down the line.