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Jose Lobaton | Catcher | #59

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (33) / 10/21/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 212
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / UDFA / SD
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Mets purchased the contract of C Jose Lobaton from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Lobaton is a career .218/.295/.324 hitter over parts of eight seasons in the majors. He'll see ample time behind the plate over the next few weeks given the Mets' injury situation at catcher. Apr 13 - 3:17 PM

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Mets signed C Jose Lobaton to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Lobaton is a career .218/.295/.324 hitter over parts of eight seasons in the majors. He'll likely be assigned to Triple-A at the beginning of the season.
Fri, Dec 15, 2017 05:22:00 PM

X-rays on Jose Lobaton's left ankle came back negative.

Lobaton was lifted from Thursday's game after being hit by a pitch, but he escaped a serious injury. He'll be unavailable for a few days, though.
Fri, Sep 15, 2017 03:02:00 PM

Jose Lobaton was removed from Thursday's game against the Braves after being hit by a pitch.

With two outs in the second inning, Lobaton was drilled in the left ankle area by a Mike Foltynewicz offering. He'll presumably head for X-rays to make sure there's no structural damage.
Thu, Sep 14, 2017 08:18:00 PM

Jose Lobaton (forearm) went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in his return to the Nationals' lineup Tuesday against the Mets.

Lobaton had been sidelined for a couple of days by a bruised right forearm. He's batting .143/.212/.247 in 25 games this season as the backup to Nationals starting catcher Matt Wieters.
Wed, Jul 5, 2017 08:20:00 AM

X-rays on Jose Lobaton's right forearm came back negative.

Lobaton was struck by a foul ball after entering Saturday's game against the Cardinals as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning. He was stayed in because Washington's only other catcher, Matt Wieters, had already left the game. It sounds like Lobaton was able to avoid a major injury but he'll probably still need a few days to recover.
Sat, Jul 1, 2017 11:09:00 PM

Jose Lobaton went 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored in a win over the Mets on Saturday.

Giving Matt Wieters a breather, Lobaton chipped in with his second homer of the season in the second inning. Both of his homers this season have been solo shots, and he's got just those two RBI in 19 games overall. The 32-year-old backstop is hitting just .152/.200/.273 in those 19 games.
Sat, Jun 17, 2017 08:31:00 PM

Jose Lobaton (wrist/forearm) will catch in a minor league game on Sunday and return to Grapefruit League action Monday.

Lobaton has been held out of action for over a week because of a wrist/forearm issue. It's a problem he had for a bit last season, as well, but it doesn't appear at this point that the Nationals think it could greatly hinder him.
Sun, Mar 19, 2017 10:09:00 AM

Nationals and C Jose Lobaton avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.575 million contract.

Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reported the contract terms. Lobaton, who was arbitration-eligible for the fourth time as a Super Two player, earned $1.3875 million in 2016 while batting .232/.319/.374 with three home runs and eight RBI over 114 plate appearances. With Wilson Ramos hitting free agency, he could play a significant role in 2017.
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 05:08:00 PM

Jose Lobaton will start at catcher and bat eighth in Game 5 of the NLDS on Thursday.

Pedro Severino caught for the Nationals in Tuesday's Game 4 loss at Los Angeles. The rest of the lineup is standard for the hosts of this loser-goes-home tilt: Trea Turner CF, Bryce Harper RF, Jayson Werth LF, Daniel Murphy 2B, Anthony Rendon 3B, Ryan Zimmerman 1B, Danny Espinosa SS, Jose Lobaton C, Max Scherzer SP.
Thu, Oct 13, 2016 03:13:00 PM

Jose Lobaton is starting at catcher and batting eighth Monday in Game 3 of the NLDS.

Lobaton hit a big three-run homer in Game 2 on Sunday. The full Nats lineup versus Dodgers right-hander Kenta Maeda: CF Trea Turner, LF Jayson Werth, 2B Daniel Murphy, RF Bryce Harper, 3B Anthony Rendon, 1B Ryan Zimmerman, SS Danny Espinosa, C Jose Lobaton, SP Gio Gonzalez. This best-of-five series is tied 1-1.
Mon, Oct 10, 2016 12:54:00 PM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Sunday that Jose Lobaton will likely catch for Gio Gonzalez in Game 3 of the NLDS on Monday.

Lobaton clubbed a three-run homer to beat the Dodgers in Game 2 on Sunday, so it's only fitting that he'll get another shot in the lineup for Game 3 in Los Angeles on Monday. This time, he'll be facing right-hander Kenta Maeda, a pitcher that he has never faced.
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 06:48:00 PM

Jose Lobaton smashed a three-run homer off of Rich Hill in the fourth inning on Sunday, powering the Nationals to a 5-2 victory over the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLDS.

The win evens the series up at one game apiece. Some pundits questioned Lobaton's presence in the lineup, as he hasn't hit well historically against left-handed pitching, and Pedro Severino hit well in the first game of the series. It looks like Dusty Baker pulled the right card in this one though. Lobaton finished the afternoon 1-for-4.
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 05:06:00 PM

The Nationals are using the same lineup in Sunday's NLDS Game 2 that they were slated to use prior to Saturday's rainout.

That means Jose Lobaton is catching after Pedro Severino caught Game 1. The rest of the lineup is the same as Game 1 and is listed as follows: Trea Turner CF, Bryce Harper RF, Jayson Werth LF, Daniel Murphy 2B, Anthony Rendon 3B, Ryan Zimmerman 1B, Danny Espinosa SS, Lobaton C, Tanner Roark P.
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 10:11:00 AM

As anticipated, Jose Lobaton is indeed starting behind the plate for the Nationals for Saturday's Game 2 of the NLDS against the Dodgers.

That is the lone change to Dusty Baker's lineup from Game 1. The rest of the lineup remains intact with Trea Turner CF, Bryce Harper RF, Jayson Werth LF, Daniel Murphy 2B, Anthony Rendon 3B, Ryan Zimmerman 1B, Danny Espinosa SS, Lobaton C and Tanner Roark P.
Sat, Oct 8, 2016 11:57:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Kevin Plawecki
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2T.J. Rivera
2B1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Wilmer Flores
SS1Amed Rosario
2Jose Reyes
3B1Todd Frazier
2David Wright
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Michael Conforto
2Juan Lagares
3Brandon Nimmo
RF1Jay Bruce
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Noah Syndergaard
2Jacob deGrom
3Matt Harvey
4Steven Matz
5Jason Vargas
6Zack Wheeler
7Rafael Montero
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jeurys Familia
2A.J. Ramos
3Anthony Swarzak
4Jerry Blevins
5Paul Sewald
6Robert Gsellman
7Seth Lugo
8Corey Oswalt