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The Washington Nationals will likely lose Wilson Ramos for the season thanks to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Jesus Flores is expected to take the majority backstop work, but Sandy Leon should also factor into the picture, mainly a concern for NL-only managers but for some two-catcher, deep-mixed players, as well.
A torn labrum in his right shoulder from 2009 cost Flores nearly two years of play and development, suffocating his progress and halting his raw power and batting-average skills. There's enough here to expect double-digit homers and a .260 average over a full season, but strikeouts have been a consistent problem, and he'll probably only offer a portion of these potential returns.
Leon is a defensive wunderkind who also underwent some productive tutelage at the dish this spring from his farm mentors. The Nats could eventually favor him if he can help sustain this squad's pitching success and Flores disappoints. Leon is a switch hitter, much better from the left side, which would put him in front with a straight time share.
Still, considering Leon's specialty is receiving, Flores presents the better chance to help your fantasy squad.
About Tim Heaney
Tim's work has been featured by USA Today/Sports Weekly, among numerous outlets, and recognized as a finalist in the Fantasy Sports Writers Association awards. The Boston University alum competes in Tout Wars and LABR and has won several industry leagues in both baseball and football.
During baseball and football season, hear him every Wednesday on 1570 AM WNST in Baltimore. On Thursdays, he visits 106.1 FM WMTI in New Orleans and Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio, where he often crashes other shows, as well.
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