José Manuel Lobatón married his wife Nina on July 2, 2012 in a morning ceremony at home plate at Tropicana Field...Caught that evening's 4-3 Tampa win over the Yankees...Has an older brother, Tomas, an infielder, played eight seasons of minor league ball with the Yankees, Brewers and Marlins organizations...Was an accomplished swimmer as a youngster but chose baseball instead...Often swims as part of his workouts.
Played in 51 games, the most amount of games since he performed in 66 games in 2014...Hit four home runs, his most since 2013 when he had seven...Had four, two-hit games.
In his third season in Washington, recorded his highest slugging percentage (.374) since 2013 (.394)...Came on strong late in the season, hitting .311 (14-for-45) with three doubles, three home runs, five RBI, four walks and six runs in his last 16 starts...Hit safely in seven of his last nine starts (8-for-23, 2B, RBI, 2 BB, 2 R) and reached base safely in 20 of last 26 starts...Improved his caught-stealing percentage from 23.3% in 2015 to 28% in 2016...Was thrust into the starting lineup as the Nationals entered the 2016 Postseason when starting catcher Wilson Ramos suffered a torn ACL... Clubbed a go-ahead three-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning to propel the Nationals to the 5-2 win over the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLDS.
Posted a mark of 6.80 AB/RBI, the best mark of his career...Clubbed first home run of 2015 (and first since 5/31/14 vs. TEX), a three-run shot, to spark Washington's come-from-behind win April 28 at Atlanta...Brought home winning run (J. Werth) in walk-off win vs. MIA on Sept. 18 with sacrifice fly to left field...Matched a career-high with three hits on April 28 at Atlanta and May 9 vs. Atlanta.
Was acquired from Tampa Bay Rays with LHP Felipe Rivero and OF Drew Vettleson for RHP Nathan Karns, Feb. 13...Hit .234 with nine doubles, two home runs, 12 RBI, 15 walks and 18 runs scored in 66 games...From May 14 through season's end, when starting behing the plate, Washington went 28-9 (.757)...Among backstops to start 50+ games in 2014, posted the top win percentage (38-20, .655)...Dodgers' A.J. Ellis ranked second (.652)...Went 18-for-59 (.305) in Aug./Sept...Sparked Washington's ninth-inning come-from-behind 5-4 win with a solo home run off Angels closer Ernesto Frieri, April 23...Matched a career-high .996 fielding percentage...Posted a 2.86 (171 ER/538.2 IP) catcher ERA.
Played in a career-high 100 games for Tampa Bay and hit .249 with 15 doubles, 7 home runs and 32 RBI en route to an above-grade .320 on-base percentage and a .394 slugging mark...when starting behind the plate, the Rays went 46-30 (.605) to help TBR claimed one of the AL's 2 Wild Card slots...helped the Rays register a 3.74 team ERA (5th in AL)...at .996, established a new Rays single-season fielding percentage mark for catchers...hit .333 (12-for-36) in interleague play...started 3 the the Rays' 4 postseason contests...is perhaps best known for hitting a game-ending homer in the bottom of the 9th inning of Game 3 of the ALDS vs. BOS (solo shot off Koji Uehara avoided a potential series sweep and extended the Rays' season).
Made his first career Opening Day roster and completed his first full season in the majors...still qualified as a rookie after spending parts of three previous seasons in the majors...Was one of 15 switch-hitting catchers in the majors in 2012...Started 51 games (50-C, 1-DH)...batted .222 (37-for-167) but had a .323 OBP...drew 24 BB in 197 PA...Spent 41 games on the DL with right shoulder soreness...placed on the DL on April 15, retroactive to April 13...activated May 28 after playing 10 games on rehab assignment between Class-A Charlotte (two), Double-A Montgomery (four) and Triple-A Durham (four)...Threw out 7 of 49 attempted base stealers (14.3 percent)...the major league average was 21.3 percent...Switch-hitter batted .300 (18-for-60) as a righthanded batter compared to .178 (19-for-107) as a lefty...hit both of his homers as a lefty...Belted his first career home run off RH Matt Lindstrom on July 25 at BAL in a 10-1 win...also set single-game career-highs with three hits and four RBI...became the first Rays catcher since Dioner Navarro on June 9, 2008 to record at least three hits and four RBI in a single game...Had seven RBI over a seven-game span, Aug. 9-25, and drove in a run in four straight games Aug. 18-25...Collected his first career RBI in his 27th career game on May 28 vs. CWS, with an RBI single off LH Chris Sale in his only career start at DH.
Split the season between Triple-A Durham and the majors...was recalled on July 15 when John Jaso was placed on the DL with a right oblique strain, and spent the rest of the season in the majors...however, suffered a left knee sprain in his third game (July 17 vs. BOS) and was placed on the DL the next day...missed 43 games and was activated Sep 2...Appeared in 15 games for the Rays, including 9 starts at catcher...6 of his 9 starts came against left-handed pitchers...Made his Rays debut on July 15 vs. BOS, appearing as a defensive replacement in the 9th inning...it was his first major league game since July 25, 2009 at WAS with the Padres...was on the Rays active roster for 2 days in 2010 but did not play...Was on the Rays active roster for the ALDS vs. Texas but did not play...On Sep 2 vs. BAL, doubled off Zach Britton for his first hit as a Ray and first ML extra-base hit...had 3 singles with the Padres in 2009...Caught 2 of 9 attempted base stealers (22.2 percent)...has caught 3 of 11 (27.3 percent) in his major league career...For Durham hit .293 (54-for-184) with 8 HR in 54 games...established minor league career highs in avg., OBP (.410) and SLG (.489)...caught 12 of 39 attempted base stealers (30.8 percent)...hit .391 (18-for-46) in the month of April...Played in 6 games on rehab assignment for Class-A Charlotte (Aug 26-Sep 1)...Played winter ball for Leones del Caracas of the Venezuelan Winter League...suffered a right shoulder impingement and is expected to be fully recovered before spring training.
Switch-hitting catcher did not appear in agame for the Rays, but had a two-day stinton the active roster in April ... was recalled onAug 31 and immediately transferred to the 15-day disabled list with a right foot contusion,where he spent the rest of the season ... wasinitially placed on Triple-A Durham's disabledlist with the injury on Aug 26. ... Led Durham with 62 games caught...caught13 of 51 (25.5 percent) attempted base stealers ... in Double-A Montgomery, caught 7 of 12(58.3 percent) runners...caught 31.7 percentat both levels combined. ... Hit .273 (44-for-161) with 6 HR, 9 2B and24 RBI for Durham before the All-Star break ... in the second half, hit .238 (19-for-80) with1 HR, 2 2B and 9 RBI. ... Was assigned to Montgomery out of campand played 7 games there before an April 16promotion to Durham. ... Was recalled on April 27 from Durham asDioner Navarro began serving a two-gamesuspension ... was optioned back to Durhamtwo days later (April 29) when Navarro wasreinstated. ... Was sent on a rehab assignment to Durham inSeptember while on the major league DL, appearingin three of their four games during theGovernor's Cup finals vs. Columbus.
Switch-hitter was claimed ... off waivers from theSan Diego Padres on July 30 and assigned toDouble-A Montgomery...had spent his entireprofessional career in the San Diego system....Appeared in 7 games with the Padres (5 starts),his first action at the major league level...waspromoted from Double-A Portland on July5 when Henry Blanco was placed on the DLand made his major league debut that nightvs. the Dodgers in the 13th inning at 2nd baseafter David Eckstein left with a right hamstringstrain...had never appeared at any positionother than catcher in 8 years of pro ball...hisother 6 appearances were at catcher....Collected his first major league hit July 19 vs.COL, an 8th-inning single off Jason Marquis...ended up 3-for-17...was designated for assignmenton July 28 when Blanco returned....Was Montgomery's primary catcher over thefinal five weeks of the season....Was added to the 40-man roster before springtraining....Was tabbed by Baseball America as the bestdefensive catcher in the San Diego system entering2009.
Spent the entire season at Double-A San Antonio...Appeared in a 92 games, including 86 behind the plate...Was a non-roster invitee to Major League Spring Training.