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All-Time Marlins Top 100: #31 A.J. Ramos

Miami’s current closer, AJ Ramos comes in at number 31 on our countdown.

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Throughout the 2016-17 offseason, Fish Stripes is counting down the top 100 Marlins of all-time. For comparison’s sake, we are using the Wins Above Replacement (WAR) metric as a measuring device. The top 100 WAR ratings are being featured. Today’s Marlin, Alejandro Hinjos Ramos, has earned 6.4 over his first five seasons with Florida.

Ramos is a 5’10”, 200 lb. right-handed pitcher from Lubbock, Texas. Born on September 20th, 1986, the Marlins chose him in the 21st round of the 2009 MLB amateur draft, on selection before Trevor Rosenthal was picked by the St. Louis Cardinals.

Ramos made his major league debut on September 4th, 2012, and struck out all three batters he faced in the ninth inning of an 8-4 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. In total down the stretch for the Marlins, he earned a 3.86 ERA and a 4.70 FIP, with a 1.286 WHIP, 13 whiffs in 9.1 innings, and just four walks over four appearances.

Ramos started the 2013 season in Miami’s bullpen, and appeared in a total of 68 games for the Marlins. He went 3-4 with a 3.15 ERA, a 3.24 FIP, a 1.263 WHIP, and 86 strikeouts in 80.0 innings. Although he was used exclusively in relief, he never earned a save, although he did finish 18 games for the Marlins. His best game of the season was without a doubt on Independence Day, when he struck out four Braves in two innings of relief and earned his third win of 2013 in a 4-3 win against Atlanta.

In 2014, Ramos went 7-0 in 68 games, with a career-best 2.11 ERA, a 3.21 FIP, a 1.234 WHIP, and 73 K’s in 64.0 innings. His 9.7 strikeouts per nine innings was actually the lowest mark of his career. On June 5th, he struck out three in 1.2 innings of relief in an 11-6 win against the Tampa Bay Rays. Ramos again didn’t earn a save, but he closed 12 other contests in non-save situations.

2015 would open with Ramos as another cog in Miami’s bullpen, but was soon moved to the closer position when Steve Cishek had issues to start the year. Ramos went 2-4 for the year with a 2.30 ERA, a 3.01 FIP, and a career and team-best 1.009 WHIP, striking out 87 in 70.1 innings. He also earned an NL-ninth 32 saves in 38 chances. His shining moment of the season was on April 14th, when he entered the sixth inning of a 6-2 Marlins’ lead over Atlanta, one out, and the bases loaded. He got Kelly Johnson and Andrelton Simmons to fly out to end the frame without harm, then struck out two in the seventh inning as the Marlins went on to earn an 8-2 victory.

Last year, Ramos made the All Star team for the first time in his career, going 1-4 with a 2.81 ERA, a career-best 2.90 FIP, a 1.359 WHIP, and 73 strikeouts in 64.0 innings. In 67 appearances, he racked up an NL-fourth 40 saves in 43 chances. After ending 2015 with nine straight saves, he opened the 2016 campaign with 24 straight non-blown save situations for a Malrins’ record 33 straight. He opens the 2017 campaign ranking fifth on Miami’s all-time saves leaderboard, with 72, and can take the top spot from Robb Nen with 37 saves this season.

I’ll be writing up through number 21 in this countdown based on WAR, but YOU, dear readers, will order the top 20 based on popular vote! The list below is self explanatory. Keep checking back here as we continue the march to Opening Day, right here at Fish Stripes.