After his first seven seasons in the MLB, Wilson Ramos seemed like a known commodity. He was a solid defensive catcher with a decent bat—nothing more, nothing less.
After mixed results with wearing contacts for a season (they irritated his eyes and the numbers on the scoreboard remained blurry even when he wore them), Ramos elected to get LASIK in March of 2016. The results were remarkable. Ramos went on to hit .307 with 22 home runs and 80 RBIs. Those, along with his 3.3 WAR on the season, were all new career highs. Ramos was elected to his first All-Star game and won the 2016 NL Silver Slugger for catchers. Ramos believes the procedure helped him improve his plate discipline and ability to discern between different pitch types.
"When it comes to being on the field, recognizing pitches, looking at the board at night, everything is so much clearer. It becomes a lot easier, and I'm able to recognize the pitches," Ramos told ESPN. "Before, I would swing at balls that looked like they were in the zone and be free swinging at a lot of pitches out of zone. Now I'm able to zone in and (I'm) picking it up so much better. I'm focused on my area and swinging at strikes."