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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 secured his 15th save of the year with a scoreless inning in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Rays.
Ramos issued a one-out walk -- he now has 13 in just 20 innings this year -- but easily dispatched Corey Dickerson and Brandon Guyer to lock down the ninth. He now has a 1.80 ERA and a 10.80 K/9 on the year, and Ramos is 15-for-15 in save opportunities. May 25 - 11:22 PM

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A.J. Ramos recorded his 14th save of the season with a scoreless frame in Monday's victory over the Rays.

Ramos yielded a one-out single to Brad Miller as he tried to protect a one-run lead, but he escaped with a flyout and fielder's choice to end it. He's been shaky at times, but Ramos has yet to blow a save in 14 tries this season.
May 23 - 11:18 PM

A.J. Ramos allowed a run but hung on to convert his 12th save of the season in Monday's win over the Phillies.

As has been the case with many of Ramos' appearances, it wasn't exactly smooth. He hit a batter with the first pitch he threw and then allowed a single to put the tying run in the batter's box. Ramos rebounded to retire the next three hitters but a run did score on a sac fly. The closer has finished off all 12 of his save chances.
May 16 - 10:41 PM

A.J. Ramos breezed through a perfect ninth inning to pick up his 10th save of the year in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Brewers.

Ramos struck out Kirk Nieuwenhuis to kick off the ninth inning and then got consecutive line outs to lock down yet another save. He now has 21 strikeouts in 14 innings and a cool 1.29 ERA. The 7.07 BB/9 is certainly a cause for concern and should keep him from being a top-echelon closer, but his nasty slider/changeup combination will continue to erase a lot of mistakes.
May 11 - 10:50 PM

A.J. Ramos was pulled from a non-save situation after loading the bases with three walks in Monday's win over the Brewers.

Entering a 4-0 game, Ramos walked the first two batters of the ninth before rebounding to strike out the next two. He then walked the next hitter and was pulled in favor of Bryan Morris, who walked a batter himself before getting a strikeout to end it. Ramos has been walking on thin ice this season (no pun intended), as he's issued 11 free passes over 13 frames. He's managed to mostly avoid trouble with the help of 20 strikeouts.
May 9 - 10:40 PM

A.J. Ramos struck out a pair as he locked down his ninth save of the year in Wednesday's 4-3 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Ramos doesn't always pound the strike zone, but has struck out 16 batters in just 11 1/3 innings this year. He has nine saves in nine chances and a sparkling 0.79 ERA. His slider is devastating, and his strikeout rate has only increased in each of the past three seasons, as he's featured it more and more often. The command pushes him out of the top class of closers; however, the right-hander is beginning to push for consideration nonetheless.
May 4 - 10:54 PM

A.J. Ramos converted his eighth save of the season with a perfect ninth inning in Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

Ramos nailed down the three-run victory with ease, getting a strikeout, popout and lineout while requiring just 10 pitches. The closer's control has been shaky with eight walks over 10 1/3 frames, but he's also struck out 14 and allowed just one run. Ramos is 8-for-8 in save opportunities.
May 3 - 10:52 PM

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

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

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