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A.J. Ramos | Relief Pitcher | #44

Team: Miami Marlins
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/20/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Texas Tech
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 21 (0) / MIA
Contract: view contract details

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A.J. Ramos escaped trouble on Friday against the Brewers for his seventh save of the season.
It looked like the Marlins wouldn’t need Ramos at all, as they held a 6-0 lead going into the bottom of the ninth while trying to finish off a no-hitter. However, Jose Urena ended up surrendering three runs before Ramos got the call. After walking Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Domingo Santana to load the bases, Ramos struck out Jonathan Villar swinging to finally put the game to bed. The 29-year-old has walked eight batters in 9 1/3 innings this season, but he also has 13 strikeouts and a 0.96 ERA. Apr 30 - 12:53 AM

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A.J. Ramos nailed down his third save of the season Sunday in the Marlins' defeat of the Giants.

Ramos struck out Matt Duffy and Buster Posey before yielding a two-out single to Hunter Pence. Trevor Brown then grounded out to second base to end it. Ramos has allowed just two hits over six scoreless innings to open the season and he is 3-for-3 in save opportunities.
Apr 24 - 7:32 PM

A.J. Ramos converted his second save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning in Tuesday's win over the Mets.

Asdrubal Cabrera blooped in a two-out single, but Ramos got his second strikeout of the inning to preserve the one-run victory. The Marlins' closer has walked four over his first three innings this season but hasn't given up a run and nailed down both of his save opportunities.
Apr 12 - 11:11 PM

A.J. Ramos pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save and preserve a 6-4 victory over the Nationals on Thursday.

The save was his first of the season. It wasn't a cheap one, either -- the right-hander had to face the heart of the Nationals' order, starting with reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper. Ramos walked Ryan Zimmerman but was otherwise spotless, freezing Daniel Murphy to end the game. With Carter Capps sidelined, the save is the first of what should be many for Ramos this season.
Apr 7 - 9:26 PM

A.J. Ramos made his spring debut Wednesday, throwing a perfect inning against the Nationals.

Ramos had been held back by a calf strain. He was expected to compete with Carter Capps to keep his closer role, but with Capps done for the year, Ramos has the ninth all to himself.
Mar 16 - 3:45 PM

A.J. Ramos (calf) threw a simulated inning Sunday.

Ramos is being held out of Grapefruit League action while he nurses a minor calf injury. It's just a precautionary measure; he says his arm feels great. The right-hander is in line to open the 2016 season as the Marlins' closer. Carter Capps was going to be a challenger for that role, but he's off to see Dr. James Andrews on Monday about a potential elbow injury.
Mar 7 - 8:52 AM

A.J. Ramos is nursing a minor right calf injury.

"I had a little bit of a problem with my calf," Ramos said Wednesday. "Other than that, my arm is really, really good. I’m having a little problem with my push-off leg." It's unclear when Ramos will be cleared for game action, but either way this doesn't look like a big concern. Ramos looks locked into the closer job with Carter Capps possibly having a major elbow injury.
Mar 4 - 11:13 AM

Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill expects there to be "an open competition" for the closer job.

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Marlins were interested in Fernando Rodney before he signed with the Padres earlier this week. With Rodney out of the picture, the Marlins will turn to either A.J. Ramos or Carter Capps for the closer role. Ramos led the Marlins with 32 saves last year but Capps has electric stuff and a funky delivery that throws hitters off balance. Either one would be a great fit for the ninth inning.
Source: Miami Herald
Jan 23 - 6:05 PM

Marlins and RHP A.J. Ramos avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.4 million contract.

Ramos held a 2.30 ERA while saving 32 games last season in his first year as the Marlins' closer. He'll work the ninth inning again in 2016.
Jan 15 - 2:18 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Marlins "have received multiple hits" on A.J. Ramos.

Ramos is due for a raise in his first year of arbitration, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see owner Jeffrey Loria jettison him before he gets expensive. The closer put up a 2.30 ERA with 87 strikeouts over 70 1/3 innings in 2015 while saving 32 games.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 05:16:00 PM

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that "there’s some internal sentiment" with the Marlins to seek an upgrade at closer this offseason.

A.J. Ramos saved 32 games while posting a 2.30 ERA with 87 strikeouts over 70 1/3 innings in his first season as Miami's closer, but the club could make the bullpen even stronger by pushing him back to a setup role. Ultimately, whether the Marlins wind up adding a reliever over the winter likely will depend on price, and there's a good chance it could wind up being too expensive. Ramos will be arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason.
Source: Miami Herald
Mon, Oct 5, 2015 05:19:00 PM

A.J. Ramos earned his 32nd save of the year in the second half of Saturday's doubleheader against the Phillies.

He also got a save in the early game, becoming the first pitcher in Marlins history to earn two saves in the same day. Ramos has a cool 2.31 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 86 strikeouts in 70 innings this season for the Fish. He probably won't be used in Sunday's season finale.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 10:48:00 PM

A.J. Ramos tossed a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Nationals for his 26th save of the season.

Ramos struck out one in the frame. He issued a two-out walk to pinch-hitter Dan Uggla, but managed to get Jayson Werth to fly out to left field to end it. Ramos now has four straight scoreless appearances under his belt. He has a 2.57 ERA and 76/25 K/BB ratio over 63 innings this season while going 26-for-32 in save chances.
Fri, Sep 11, 2015 10:04:00 PM

A.J. Ramos was called on to get four outs Tuesday, getting the job done to earn the save against the Brewers.

Marlins reliever Mike Dunn got into a bit of a jam in the eighth inning, but Ramos struck out Jason Rogers to get out of the inning unscathed. A single in the ninth inning was erased by a double play and Elian Herrera whiffed to end the game. Ramos now has 24 saves, a 2.66 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 75/24 K/BB ratio over 61 innings this season.
Tue, Sep 8, 2015 11:27:00 PM

A.J. Ramos closed out the Pirates on Tuesday to earn his 22nd save of the season.

Ramos was called on to put out a fire after starter Brad Hand allowed the first two batters of the ninth inning to reach base. Ramos wasn't flawless, yielding a single of his own and allowing an inherited run to score on an RBI groundout, but he otherwise shut the door on a potential Pirates rally. Ramos has a 2.80 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 71/19 K/BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings to go with his 22 saves.
Tue, Aug 25, 2015 10:27:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1J.T. Realmuto
2Jeff Mathis
1B1Justin Bour
2Chris Johnson
2B1Dee Gordon
2Derek Dietrich
SS1Adeiny Hechavarria
2Miguel Rojas
3B1Martin Prado
LF1Christian Yelich
CF1Marcell Ozuna
2Cole Gillespie
RF1Giancarlo Stanton
2Ichiro Suzuki
Starting Pitcher
S1Jose Fernandez
2Wei-Yin Chen
3Tom Koehler
4Adam Conley
5Justin Nicolino
Relief Pitcher
R1A.J. Ramos
2Bryan Morris
3Mike Dunn
4Edwin Jackson
5Craig Breslow
6David Phelps
7Kyle Barraclough
8Jose Urena
9Carter Capps