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A.J. Ramos | Relief Pitcher | #44

Team: Miami Marlins
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/20/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Texas Tech
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 21 (0) / MIA
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A.J. Ramos struck out two in a perfect ninth inning Saturday against the Braves to earn his 39th save.
Ramos had little trouble with the bottom of the Braves order and leadoff hitter Ender Inciarte, who struck out to end the game. His 39 saves are fourth-most in the National League and a single-season high for Ramos. The right-hander owns a 2.90 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 70/33 K/BB ratio over 62 innings this year. Sep 25 - 12:19 AM

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A.J. Ramos notched his 38th save of the season in Monday's win over the Nationals.

It wasn't without a sweat, as Ramos allowed a leadoff double while trying to protect a one-run lead. However, the closer was then able to induce a fielder's choice to cut down the runner at third base followed by a couple flyouts. Ramos has allowed only one run over 10 appearances this month.
Sep 19 - 10:19 PM

A.J. Ramos bounced back from Friday's loss to pitch a scoreless ninth for his 37th save Sunday.

The Marlins have been leaning heavily on Ramos lately; he's thrown 86 pitches the last six days. If they have a save chance tomorrow, it could go to David Phelps or Fernando Rodney.
Sep 18 - 5:27 PM

A.J. Ramos gave up a one-out double in the ninth inning but held the Braves off the scoreboard to lock down his 36th save of the season on Wednesday.

Ramos has regained a firm grip on the closer's job in Miami despite a touchy finger problem. Fernando Rodney held the role for awhile but has pitched poorly of late to drop out of the fight. Ramos has a 3.02 ERA with 66 strikeouts in 56 2/3 innings.
Sep 14 - 11:03 PM

A.J. Ramos struck out two in a perfect ninth inning Tuesday, earning his 35th save against the Braves.

That's now twice in three days that Marlins manager Don Mattingly has turned to Ramos, not Fernando Rodney, with the game on the line in the ninth inning. Ramos has answered the bell both times, and he's got a 3.07 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in 59 appearances overall. When healthy, Ramos is more talented than Rodney, and he seems to have regained the manager's trust even with some ongoing finger issues. Assuming the finger discomfort doesn't sideline him for an extended period, owners should have him back in their lineups accordingly.
Sep 13 - 11:42 PM

According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, Marlins manager Don Mattingly will use a "wait-and-see" approach in the ninth inning.

Fernando Rodney has struggled recently and is starting to lose his grip on the ninth inning. A.J. Ramos was an All-Star closer before Rodney arrived in a mid-summer trade but he's been battling finger discomfort since his return from the disabled list. "Obviously, I can't do the same things I was doing earlier in the year," Ramos admitted. "I'm all about grip and finger strength." With Rodney pitching poorly and Ramos at less than 100 percent, fantasy owners would be wise to stay clear of this situation.
Source: marlins.com
Sep 10 - 8:56 PM

Marlins activated RHP A.J. Ramos from the 15-day disabled list.

Ramos missed the minimum 15 days with a fractured right middle finger. The Marlins have discussed possibly easing him back into his closer role, depending on whether his finger can hold up to a normal workload. Fernando Rodney might continue to close for the club for a bit longer.
Aug 21 - 11:07 AM

A.J. Ramos (finger) will be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Sunday.

Brian Ellington will be optioned to Triple-A New Orleans in the corresponding move. Ramos missed the minimum 15 days with a fractured right middle finger. He's been excellent for the Fish this year and should immediately step into the closer role upon his return. Fernando Rodney will move back to the eighth inning.
Aug 20 - 11:30 PM

The Marlins remain hopeful that A.J. Ramos (finger) will be ready for activation from the disabled list on Sunday when first eligible.

Ramos will test out his fractured right middle finger with a simulated game on Friday. It's hard to imagine that the finger is totally healed already, but evidently the reliever will attempt to pitch through it. Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Thursday that he could use Ramos in a setup role if it looks like the reliever won't be able to handle his normal workload. "If it's going to be every other day or he can't go back-to-back type of situation, that's what we have to find out," Mattingly said. "In that role, you don't want to be flipping guys around all the time." Fernando Rodney has been closing for the Marlins and will continue to do so until Ramos is ready to resume his old job.
Aug 19 - 10:26 AM

Marlins placed RHP A.J. Ramos on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 6, with a fractured right middle finger.

Ramos has been unavailable over the past couple of days due to what was being called a jammed finger, but he actually suffered a fracture. It's unclear how long he'll be sidelined, but Fernando Rodney figures to function as closer during his absence.
Aug 9 - 3:22 PM

Andy Slater of 940-AM WINZ reports that Marlins closer A.J. Ramos will be placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Ramos has been dealing with a jammed finger on his pitching hand and apparently will require an extended absence. Fernando Rodney notched a save on Sunday against the Rockies with Ramos unavailable and figures to fill in at closer during his absence.
Aug 9 - 11:13 AM

A.J. Ramos gave up a base hit but was able to shut the door on the Rockies in the ninth inning for his 32nd save.

He has a 3.05 ERA despite walking 26 batters in 44 1/3 innings. A walk rate that high is playing with fire. He has been able to limit the damage by striking out 11.4 batters per nine innings. He has given up only one home run all year. With Fernando Rodney waiting in the wings his leash could be very short if he stumbles.
Aug 6 - 1:16 AM

A.J. Ramos blew a save in brutal fashion Wednesday as the Marlins fell to the Cubs.

Ramos was handed a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the ninth inning and couldn't make it stick. He gave up a Willson Contreras double, a Javier Baez single, walked Matt Szczur, yielded a run-scoring sacrifice fly to Dexter Fowler, intentionally walked Anthony Rizzo, unintentionally walked Ben Zobrist for the tying run, and then threw a wild pitch beyond Contreras -- who started the inning -- to give the Cubs a 5-4 win. It was Ramos' second blown save of the season.
Aug 3 - 5:46 PM

A.J. Ramos retired all three batters he faced to record save No. 30 in Monday's win over the Phillies.

The Marlins tied the game in the ninth inning and then took the lead in the 11th on a Martin Prado homer before handing things over to Ramos. The All-Star closer nailed down the win, but it wasn't without a sweat as Maikel Franco flew out to the warning track to end it. He's blown just one save in 31 opportunities.
Jul 18 - 11:19 PM

A.J. Ramos gave up a pair of singles in the ninth inning, but fanned three batters to earn his 28th save on Friday.

Ramos has a scary high walk rate, but that was not a problem tonight. His 2.19 ERA and 48/21 K/BB ratio in 37 innings have enabled him to go 27-for-28 in converting save chances this year. Such great numbers would normally make a closer feel secure in his role, but with the newly-acquired Fernando Rodney pitching just as well, Ramos will need to remain spotless if he is going to keep the role all year. Rodney pitched a clean eighth inning tonight to claim the win.
Jul 16 - 12:43 AM