WASHINGTON — Playing on the same team as Daniel Murphy, Wilson Ramos has had a hard time getting proper attention during his own breakout season at the plate.
But the man known as “The Buffalo” had himself an at-bat on Sunday, delivering a hit unlike any other by a Washington National this season. It came at a critical juncture of Sunday’s game against the San Diego Padres, with the teams knotted at 3, a runner on first and a 2-0 count.
Drilling an 86 MPH pitch out of Nats Park at 110.5 MPH, Ramos very nearly reached the concourse beyond left field:
The 455 feet eclipses the previous 2016 team-high of 449 feet, from a Bryce Harper off Bud Norris last Wednesday. This also exceeds the National League average homerun distance of 401.3 feet by 11.8 percent.
Only 11 homeruns–hit by Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman, Jayson Werth, Danny Espinosa and Ramos–have exited the field faster than Ramos’ Sunday bomb. It was his third-fastest homerun hit of the season.
Perhaps most importantly, it’s just another chapter in a stunning season from the Nationals’ backstop:
In his first All-Star season, Ramos is on pace for a career-high 135 games. He is currently hitting .331/.385/.520, all career highs by wide margins. He is also on pace for career highs in plate appearances (175 plate appearances to tie career-best), hits (eight to tie career-best) RBIs (16 to tie career-best), doubles (five to tie career-best), home runs (three to tie career-best) and total bases (19 to tie career-best).
He is set to become a free agent after the 2016 World Series.