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Jose Lobaton
Birthdate: 10/21/1984 (32 y, 5 m, 4 d)     Bats/Throws: B/R     Height/Weight: 6-0/170     Position: C
Contract: $1.6M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Lobaton (forearm) will catch and bat eighth in the lineup for Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Yankees, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. (3/20/2017)
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Profile: Jose Lobaton has served as Wilson Ramos’ backup catcher in Washington for the last three seasons, and now that Ramos is in Tampa Bay, Lobaton will serve as trade acquisition Derek Norris’s backup in 2017.  Lobaton is a decent backup primarily because of his pitch-blocking and catcher framing abilities.  Offensively, there is little to be excited about.  His best offensive season featured a .249 batting average and seven home runs in 311 plate appearances.  He has never stolen a base in the major leagues.  And while his career 9.4 percent walk rate is solid and helps make up for his lack of hits, that does not help players in traditional fantasy formats and will also not help him get an edge in playing time over Norris, who has a similar career 9.2 percent walk rate plus better power, speed, and defense.  Lobaton’s one real fantasy asset is that fact that he is a switch hitter and is more productive from the left side of the plate, but a .223/.308/.339 triple slash from his better side hardly makes him a must-start in daily formats.  (Scott Spratt)

The Quick Opinion: The Nationals allowed Wilson Ramos to leave in free agency but replaced him with Derek Norris, which means Jose Lobaton will remain the team’s backup catcher.  Lobaton is more of a defensive specialist with little power and no speed, so he is not much of a fantasy option even when he starts.

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