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Wilson Ramos Starting to Get into a Groove

By David Hill
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JULY 6: Wilson Ramos
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JULY 6: Wilson Ramos /

After a slow start when he was activated from the disabled list, Wilson Ramos is starting to settle in as the Tampa Bay Rays catcher.

It took Wilson Ramos a few days to get himself going at the plate. After missing most of the first half of the season as he recovered from his torn ACL, Ramos worked his way back through his rehab appearances. He started slowly at both Charlotte and Durham before getting himself into a groove, looking like the catcher the Tampa Bay Rays hoped they were signing.

Given those slow starts as he worked his way up the ladder, it was not a surprise that Ramos had a slow start when he debuted with the Rays. He had just one hit and one walk in his first three games, as Ramos slowly acclimated himself to the majors once again.

However, in his past four games, Ramos has started to settle into a groove. He has five hits, including three homers and a double, in his last 15 at bats. That production has raised his batting line to a .231/276/.615 clip, numbers that should only improve as Ramos gets more comfortable in Tampa Bay.

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While Ramos is settling into a groove, it may not be much longer before he picks up the bulk of the playing time behind the plate. For now, he has been in a time share with Jesus Sucre, with the Rays looking to ease Ramos back into action. That should change in the coming weeks, with the Rays prized free agent signing improving by the day.

Likewise, as Ramos continues to hammer the ball, he will end up forcing the issue. While it was envisioned at the start of the year that he would get some time as the Rays designated hitter, the All Star campaign from Corey Dickerson has essentially quashed those plans. That really leaves just that one avenue to get Ramos into the lineup.

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Wilson Ramos is starting to heat up once again. As he continues to acclimate himself to the majors, his bat should continue to produce.