Jose Lobaton C WSH 4 days ago

Lobaton is in the lineup for Saturday's tilt with the Marlins.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Lobaton will replace a resting Wilson Ramos behind the plate Saturday. He will bat eighth in the order. He has a relatively successful history against the talented Jose Fernandez, albeit a small sample size, going 2-for-5 with a double and two strike outs.

Jose Lobaton C WSH 1 month ago

Lobaton was 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBI in the Nationals' win over Minnesota on Friday night.

Competitive Edge Analysis

It was a nice night at the plate for Lobaton who was filling in for Wilson Ramos as he took a well-deserved night off, but he doesn't get enough opportunities to be of much value in most fantasy formats.

Jose Lobaton C WSH 1 month ago

Lobaton is in the lineup and batting eighth for Friday's game against the Twins, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Lobaton will start to give Wilson Ramos a day to rest after he caught four straight games against the Marlins this week. He is just 1-for-7 this season and doesn't offer much for fantasy value.

Jose Lobaton C WSH 1 month ago

Lobaton will get the start in place of Wilson Ramos (rest) on Tuesday against Atlanta, Chase Hughes of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

This will be Lobaton's first start of the season, and he has yet to even make a plate appearance. He hit only .269 in spring training after a dismal performance last season in which he hit .199 in 44 appearances. Expect Ramos back behind the plate Wednesday, regardless of how Lobaton performs.

Jose Lobaton C WSH 2 months ago

Lobaton is hitting .316 (6-for-19) through 12 games this spring.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He's also struck out seven times, however, and with Nationals' starting catcher Wilson Ramos seemingly headed for a big year following LASIK surgery to correct an eyesight issue, playing time could be hard for Lobaton to come by in 2016. He might hit a little better than last season's .199/.279/.294 line, but don't expect a big increase on his 136 at-bats.

Jose Lobaton C WSH 6 months ago

Lobaton signed a one-year contract with the Nationals on Wednesday, avoiding arbitration, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

His ability behind the plate represents the totality of Lobaton's real-life value, as he's a major net negative with the bat. Look for Lobaton to open 2016 as the team's primary backup barring injury.

Jose Lobaton C WSH 1 year ago

Loboton went 3-for-4 Saturday with a two-run home run off Julio Teheran, his second homer of the season.

He's owned Teheran in his career, and Saturday's performance just added to the dominance. Loboton hasn't seen a lot of work behind Wilson Ramos so far, but he's now hitting .304/.429/.565 in 23 at-bats on the season.

Jose Lobaton C WSH 1 year ago

Lobaton went 3-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI against the Cardinals on Friday.

He's hitting just .207.281/.345 this spring in 29 at-bats, but Lobaton is locked is as the Nationals' number two catcher, a role that has more playing time potential than most backup gigs given Wilson Ramos' inability to stay healthy.

Jose Lobaton C WSH 1 year ago

Lobaton agreed to a one-year, $1.2 million contract with the Nationals on Thursday, Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reports.

Lobaton had a good decent season for the Nationals in 2014, playing in 66 games as the backup to Wilson Ramos. He finished the campaign with a .234/.287/.304 batting line, hitting two home runs and driving in 12 on the season. He figures to fit into the same role again in 2015.

Jose Lobaton C WSH 1 year ago

Lobaton was tendered a contract prior to Tuesday's deadline.

The Nationals like his defense and game-calling behind the plate, so Lobaton will return as an affordable backup to Wilson Ramos.