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A.J. Ramos gets first MLB call-up

About to finish his fourth season in the minors, Jacksonville Suns pitcher A.J. Ramos was looking forward to going home to Lubbock, Tex. this week.

But just days before he was to depart for home, there was a change of plans.

Suns manager Andy Haines told him the team had cancelled his flight from Memphis to Lubbock and Ramos now had two options. 

The first option was to drive from Memphis to Jacksonville to catch a flight to Lubbock.

The second option was to fly to Miami and join the Marlins.

“[Haines] shook my hand and it was just an amazing feeling – feelings I’ve never even felt before,” Ramos said of his first call-up. “It was crazy.”

Ozzie Guillen said that Ramos, who had 21 saves and a 1.44 ERA in Double-A, had impressed him all year long.

“This kid has had a great year,” Guillen said. “I’ve liked him since spring training and I think he deserved to be here right now. He earned it. He’s one of the best pitchers in the organization.”

Wearing an MLB jersey for the time, Ramos attributed his improvement this year to a higher degree of confidence in his pitches, which helped him increase his velocity.

“My velocity was great this year,” Ramos said. “Before, I was always focused on not throwing balls. This year I knew I could throw strikes, so I was more confident and I was able to let it go in the strike zone.”

Ramos was picked by the Marlins in the 21st round of the 2009 Draft after playing at Texas Tech.

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Camera Mike

Am I the only one who thinks Ruggiano would make a better lead off man then Hernandez?

rbleigh

Thank you Mike! I was just about to post on here that I realize the season is kaput and Ozzie doesn't have many better options but how can you justify batting a guy lead-off who's OBP is below .250?

Camera Mike

The only true lead off batter they have right now is Reyes but Ozzie has said he's going to keep him in the 3 spot, and while he hasn't been great in that spot he has been doing well. I looked through tonight's line up before posting and you are right there aren't many better options but Ruggiano certainly is. He has a better average, obp, and is faster on the bases. I don't understand Ozzie's logic in this.

Also while I don't like him leading off I would like to congratulate Gorkys and his first MLB home run.

Marlin Fan

Unless Eovaldi and Turner bomb cometely , I much rather have LeBlanc in the pen . Time
And time again , good starts have been wasted due to a poor bullpen ( save Chisek) . LeBlanc can pitch the 7th and even 8th if need be, to get to Chisek.

Marlin Fan

Please stop torturing us with twitter tues!!! Aren't we punished enough with the play on the field??? I could careless what people followed .

I think Gorky's may one day be a good leadoff hitter , just not now. He has speed , but can't hit right now , maybe that will change in time . I think braleigh already said, but there aren't alot of options right now . I think if Boni comes back healthy , he hits leadoff, with Reyes second .

Marlin Fan

As far as Reyes hitting third as compared to first ... At third he has a higher OBP , slug perc , BA, and in about 60 less games , just one less hr and 5 less RBI .

Marlin Fan

Ramos looks good striking out the side . Does anyone know if he was "ranked" as far as prospects ?? Then again Brantly is still #13 .

laurelbowie

Ramos just made his first Big League appearance and struck out Weeks, Braun and Ramirez. He looked spectacular, but there were only 16 fans in the ballpark and instead of getting the standing ovation he deserved, there was barely a murmur. Really a shame!

laurelbowie

Baseball America ranked Ramos #20 among Marlins prospects before the season started. Don't know about anything later than that.

A. Nunez

AJ Ramos is not on the current list of Marlins top 20 prospects. He will be if he does well in September, at the very least ahead of Flynn, Urena, and Alvarez.

jessica cortez

It doesn't matter if there weren't any fans in the stadium for AJ to get a standing ovation! He had his ENTIRE family rooting for him here in Lubbock Tx! Way to go AJ we are so proud of you! You did it! You killed it tonight!

Stan M

*Ramos isn't ranked among our top 20 prospects on Marlins minor league site. I like the fact he throws strikes.
*Best part of game was looking at gorgeous blonde in bottom right of screen when righties were batting.
*Did anyone else notice the remarkable similarity between Gorkys looks and a certain politician from Hawaii.
*There was nobody at the game. It was worse than Sun Life...nobody.
*There is no reason to finish out the year with Lee at 1B. The team isn't going anywhere, but he is...after the season. Let's see Kearns or anyone there who could be back next year.
*I can't see how this team can carry both Murphy and Solano next year. They are almost clones.
*A six man rotation probably means that if everyone looks promising, Nolasco for sure and maybe even JJ will be gone.
*How in the heck did we get to the point that this team is playing in a brand new but empty stadium and throwing a bevy of retreads at us with no where to go and no hope of advancement. It's inconceivable to believe, that is, is we weren't living it.

Stan M

Brewer pitcher came in with 2 outs in the ninth inning and with a 4 run lead. But because the tying run was on deck, he got a save. That makes perfect sense, doesn't it?

Baltimore drew 13,000 for game where they moved into a tie for 1st place. What a shame. It does show how ownership's policies over a period of years can completely destroy a franchise. I switched to the Toronto game a couple of times and there were less fans there than at the Marlin game.

lefty

jessica cortez...yes, he killed it! congratulations!

Enquirings Minds Want To Know

Can anybody explain why Gaudin pitched the 8th last nite? Where was lard ass?

Flav C.

Stan,

NL Best team (Nats) had 18,000 in attendance.
Braves on the run to make the playoffs had 17,000.
White Sox, AL Central leader, had 16,000.

Jessica, congrats on Ramos! He made sure last night's game had something exciting for us to talk about!

richiej

congrats to AJ Ramos. Let's hope he stays away from StClaire

Marlin Fan

Getting way ahead of myself , for next year , how about LeBlanc in the 7th, Ramos in the 8th, and Cishek the 9th??? Leave fatso out if the equation completely. Jessica Congrats , it's nice to have hope for next year.

Flav C.

richiej,
StClaire is already salivating.

Frank Forte

Interesting on Ramos..considering the Jacksonville Manager is Andy Barkett.. Haines manages Jupiter..Please don't let the facts get in the way

manny

Sorry...must have been high when this was posted.

Eddie S

AJ Ramos 68 innings 89 strikeouts WHERE WAS HE ALL SEASON? MAKE SURE RAMOS IS IN THE BULLPEN FOR NEXT YEAR AND PLEASE LET DONNIE MURPHY OUT TO PASTURE. A LIFETIME 200 HITTER AND HE IS STILL ON THE CLUB!!
GORKYS HAS LIGHTNING SPEED BUT YOU CANT STEAL 1ST BASE.
GAUDIN HAS A LIFETIME ERA OVER 4.00 WHAT ARE WE DOING WITH HIM. Aside from CISCHEK, LEBLANC RAMOS AND UNFORTUNATELY FATSO WE NEED NEW BLOOD IN THE BULLPEN.
HOPEFULLY EVALDI AND TURNER WILL EVOLVE INTO TOP NOTCH STARTING PITCHING WE SHOULD BE IN GOOD SHAPE

Hotcandy

Ramos is good , and now a new 9.7 inch Ramos dual core with IPS screen 3G android tablet PC unveil.

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