AJ Ramos
AJ Ramos
33-Year-Old PitcherRP
Los Angeles Dodgers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for AJ Ramos in 2020. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a minor-league contract with the Dodgers in July of 2020.
Won't make Opening Day roster
PLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
July 22, 2020
Ramos is not expected to make the Dodgers' initial 30-man roster, Michael J. Duarte of NBC LA reports.
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Ramos has a wealth of major-league experience, though he hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2018. His chance at a roster spot may have taken a hit when the Dodgers signed Jake McGee on Tuesday. While Ramos won't have a bullpen spot at the start of the campaign, it is certainly possible that he will contribute in 2020 if the need for a bullpen arm arises.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
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-37%
BAA vs RHP
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .300 36 8 6 9 3 0 1
Since 2018vs Right .190 52 14 9 8 0 0 2
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Left .300 36 8 6 9 3 0 1
2018vs Right .190 52 14 9 8 0 0 2
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-10%
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 6.10 1.65 10.1 1 1 0 11.3 6.1 0.9
Since 2018Away 6.75 1.61 9.1 1 1 0 8.7 7.7 1.9
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home 6.10 1.65 10.1 1 1 0 11.3 6.1 0.9
2018Away 6.75 1.61 9.1 1 1 0 8.7 7.7 1.9
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Ramos is a free agent, but even if he gets signed, he is unlikely to contribute much at all in 2019 after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder June 24. Ramos' skills have been a mess the past two years with plenty of strikeouts, but way too many walks and problems with home runs. If Ramos signs a deal, look for him to sign a two-year, team-friendly contract that will allow him to rehab on the big club's dime while allowing the club to see what is left in his shoulder during the process. Torn labrums are very tough to recover from for pitchers, so there is no guarantee Ramos throws another major-league pitch.
Ramos saw his career in Miami come to an end when he was traded to the Mets this past summer. He was a prime candidate for trade as early as last winter given his potential raise in arbitration, but the Marlins waited forever to pull the trigger and sent him to the Mets after New York lost Familia to suspension. Ramos gets his strikeouts (11.1 K/9 last season), but is also prone to the free pass (5.2 BB/9) and needs either luck with his home run rate or his strand rate to be a top-tier closer. He had neither last year, which is why his ERA was where it was. Entering 2018, both he and Familia are going to make over $10 million out of their bulpen and both are free agents next winter. Familia could be dealt, allowing Ramos to get the job, or both could be dealt and another reliever gets the saves. Either way, he's not someone to pay full freight for.
The plan was for Ramos to battle Carter Capps for the right to close games in South Beach, but after Capps required Tommy John surgery, Ramos took advantage, setting a new career best with 40 saves. Ramos continued his dominant ways, fanning bats at a double-digit rate per nine for the third straight season. However, he gave back some of the control gains he made the previous season, along with being victimized with a high hit rate. The result was a rather high 1.36 WHIP, the worst of his career. Ramos' saving grace was allowing only one homer in 64 innings, a repeat of the feat he also accomplished in 2014. Funny things can happen to relievers in small samples, but an increase in walks is worrisome. Ramos will open the campaign where he ended the last one, as closer. The sketchy control keeps him from the elite tier despite the requisite whiffs. Don't wait too long, however, as someone will see the saves and strikeouts and pounce.
Is it possible for someone to save more than 30 games with a 2.30 ERA and nobody notice it? That is what Ramos did while pitching in the Miami circus last season. He had one of the best swing-and-miss rates among relievers, struck out 31 percent of batters faced and kept the ball in the yard. He has all of the redeeming qualities fantasy owners want in a closer, even if he closes for a bad team. He does not have any discernible splits to be concerned about and at 29, is primed to do this closing gig for a few years at this level. Closers are inherently risky, but it is tough to find anything to worry about with Ramos.
Despite showing slightly diminished velocity on his fastball in 2014 and continuing to struggle with his control, Ramos put together his finest season as a pro, striking out 73 batters in 64 innings while posting a 2.11 ERA to go along with a spotless 7-0 record and 20 holds. Ramos has long been billed as the Marlins’ closer of the future, but he has yet to truly be tested in that role while Steve Cishek has established himself as one of the most consistent stoppers in the game. Ramos works a fastball-slider-changeup combination to keep hitters off balance, and thanks to an elite 27 percent K%, he is able to get away with a bloated 15.9% BB%. At 28, Ramos enters the 2015 season as the Marlins’ primary setup man behind Cishek and will likely battle with Carter Capps among others for save opportunities whenever Cishek is not ready to go. Even without the save chances, Ramos will provide plenty of holds and strikeouts in the coming season, picking up the late-inning setup work at the back end of a strong pitching staff.
Many view Ramos as the closer of the future in Miami and while the team has, fortunately, not had a need in that role since Steve Cishek earned the job, the organization must certainly be happy with what they saw from the right-handed reliever during his first full season in the majors. The 27-year old Ramos struck out 86 batters in 80 innings pitched in 2013, recording a 3.15 ERA and 1.26 WHIP. He earned 11 holds last year and should be in line to beat that total in 2014 as the team gives him a look in more high-leverage situation. Ramos put up elite strikeout totals while working a slider, changeup and curveball combination in with his 93 mph fastball, but he will need to show improved control (4.7 BB/9 in 89.1 major league innings) to secure the primary setup role in Miami.
Ramos earned a September callup following a very nice season in Double-A and made an immediate impact, striking out the side in his major league debut. The 26-year-old righty works in the mid-90s and brings elite strikeout ability to a Marlins bullpen in desperate need of some consistency. Over his first ten major league innings, Ramos posted a superb 13:4 K:BB while building on the solid numbers he posted in the minors. Ramos will have the inside track to a bullpen spot for the Marlins in 2013, and with his elite strikeout ability (11.6 K/9 across two levels in 2012), he could work his way into the saves mix down the road if Steve Cishek falters in the closer role.
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Tosses bullpen session
PLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
July 9, 2020
Ramos threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Wednesday, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Slated for bullpen session
PLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
July 7, 2020
Ramos has recently thrown off flat ground and will likely toss a bullpen session by Wednesday in preparation for potentially hurling in an intrasquad game in 3-4 days, Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com reports.
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Added to 60-man pool
PLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
July 6, 2020
Ramos was added to the Dodgers' 60-man player pool Monday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
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Reaches agreement with Dodgers
PLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
July 2, 2020
Ramos agreed to a minor-league deal with the Dodgers on Thursday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
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Eyeing big-league comeback
PFree Agent  AAA
July 2, 2020
Ramos (shoulder) posted a video Tuesday on his personal Twitter account that features him pitching in a simulated game.
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