Having too many catchers is a nice problem to have. The Washington Nationals are finding that out as the spring moves along. The starting job belongs to Wilson Ramos who is having a tremendous spring. So far Ramos is 9-for-19 with one home run and 10 RBI in seven games. The Nationals would be thrilled if those gaudy numbers would carry over into the regular season. It is the backup catcher position that is up for grabs.
Before trading for Jose Lobaton with the Tampa Bay Rays, the Nationals signed recently well traveled 33-year-old catcher Chris Snyder. If he makes the roster, Snyder would be on his fourth team in as many years. He is enjoying a decent spring so far appearing in seven games for Washington going 5-for-14 with a home run and five RBI. At this point it very well could be his to lose but there is still a lot of spring to go.
Jose Lobaton played in a career-high 1oo games last season for the Rays. The Nationals acquired him just before pitchers and catchers reported to camp along with two other minor league players for pitcher Nate Karns. His struggles so far this spring could make the decision a bit easier for the Nationals on who to go with moving forward. Lobaton is just 1-for-14 in seven games with three strikeouts. On the plus side he has drawn three walks. Defensively, this spring, Lobaton has had more chances behind the plate than Snyder or any other catcher for that matter which could be how the Nationals are gauging his progress.
The Nationals will have some decisions to make when the next round of roster cuts are made. Good thing there is still plenty of time until opening day.