Long considered a prospective closer, A.J. Ramos got his golden opportunity last May when the Marlins removed Steve Cishek from the role, and he made the most of it, turning in the best season of his career even apart from the 32 saves. Limiting his walks was the key. His rate of 3.3 per nine innings wasn't exactly Mariano Rivera-like, but it was a big step in the right direction for a pitcher with the stuff to average 11.1 strikeouts per nine innings, seventh-most among relievers with at least 30 saves last year. The biggest concern for Ramos heading into 2016 is job security. Setup man Carter Capps was even more dominant in 2015 and will have a chance to steal the job away from Ramos this spring. It's enough to drop Ramos out of the top 20 relievers on Draft Day even though he has top-15 potential.
Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said he expects there to be an open competition for the closer job in spring training, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports. Ramos enjoyed a great deal of success in the ninth-inning role last season, converting nine straight save chances to end the year to bring his total to 32. He has the swing-and-miss stuff to continue to thrive in a high-leverage role, but Ramos has battled control issues in the past, and it sounds like the Marlins may be reluctant to just hand him the job before spring training even gets underway. It will be a two-man race between Ramos and Carter Capps, who had a 1.16 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, and 58 strikeouts in 31 innings last season.
Ramos agreed to a one-year, $3.4 million contract with the Marlins on Friday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. Ramos officially took the reins as the Marlins closer from Steve Cishek part way through the 2015 campaign and didn't look back. The 29-year-old converted 32 save opportunites last season, finishing with a strong 2.30 ERA and 1.01 WHIP with 87 strikeouts over 70.1 frames. He'll likely begin the 2016 campaign in that role again, and could be a decent option for those in need of a closer if he can keep the role for the entire season.
Marlins closer A.J. Ramos picked up his 32nd save Saturday, allowing two hits while striking out three over a scoreless inning in a 5-2 win over the Phillies. Ramos had himself quite a day, earning a save in each game of Saturday's doubleheader. Now sporting an 11.13 K/9, and converting each of his last nine save opportunities, Ramos has been excellent in his first season as a closer.
Marlins relief pitcher A.J. Ramos was perfect on Thursday, as he made four outs with no hits or walks allowed en route to his 28th save in a 6-4 win over Washington. He also struck out two. Ramos has been a great closer since being inserted into the role with the departure of Steve Cishek earlier in the season. The 28-year-old has five saves and a win in his last six outings and he's proving to be valuable to fantasy owners at the most important juncture of the season. The only blemish for Ramos is that he has six blown saves this year. With that said, he still maintains a 2.48 ERA and 1.03 WHIP with 81 strikeouts in 65.1 innings pitched this season.
Marlins closer A.J. Ramos allowed a hit but struck out the side in a scoreless ninth inning, en route to the 2-0 win over the Nationals on Saturday. Ramos claimed his 27th save with the impressive showing. He has not allowed a run in his last five appearances.