"Wilson Ramos hit ball, ball go far" was the mantra for the Mets on Monday in their spring training win over the Nationals.
Ramos smashed a pitch just foul during his first at-bat, and the ensuing pitch matched it, but this time stayed in play and flew over the left field fence.
But his day wasn't done there. Ramos also hit himself a double, going 2-for-2 during his team's 2-1 victory.
Ramos said those types of hits are the ones he was working for during the offseason. He started adjusting his swing this offseason, a process that took him a month to get comfortable with.
"That's what I was working on in the offseason, trying to put a better swing on the ball and not cut my swing," Ramos said. "[The old swing] made me go around the ball and hit a lot of ground balls."
The 32-year-old is in the second year of a two-year deal he signed with the Mets. Ramos slashed a .288/.351/.416 line last season, including a 26-game hitting streak. His defense is actually more of the worry coming off of last season, but he acknowledged trying to make changes there as well.
"I feel good behind the plate. Working on my framing right now... catching a lot of pitches with my knee on the ground," Ramos said. "I feel better behind the plate. I can get those low pitches better."
Early in spring training, Ramos' defense is catching the eye of at least one teammate. Outfielder Brandon Nimmo expressed his confidence in Ramos after Monday's game.
"He can handle the workload of the season," Nimmo said. "We find a lot of confidence in Wilson defensively and offensively."