AJ Ramos Called Up to Florida Marlins
Ramos will be activated by the Marlins on Tuesday
Sept. 3, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Former Texas Tech right-handed pitcher AJ Ramos had a lifelong dream come to reality yesterday when he received a call from the Florida Marlins front office informing him he had been called up to the big leagues.
Ramos, 25, will fly to Miami today and be activated by the Marlins tomorrow in the midst of their four-game homestand with the Milwaukee Brewers that runs through Thursday.
Ramos will become Texas Tech's 23rd player to make their MLB debut, and its fourth in the last three years. When Ramos makes his debut, Tech will have had 15 players make their big-league debut since 2000.
Ramos, a relief pitcher, was an all-star this season with the Jacksonville Suns in Double-A. He was among Southern League leaders in numerous categories with a 1.44 ERA in 55 appearances with 21 saves, 68.2 innings pitched, 89 strikeouts and just 21 walks while opponents batted .151.
In four minor league seasons, Ramos has nine wins with a 2.26 ERA in 178 appearances with 83 saves and 288 strikeouts and only 86 walks allowed. He has earned all-star status in each of his minor league seasons.
Ramos pitched four seasons at Texas Tech (2006-09) and was selected in the 21st round of the 2009 MLB Draft by the Marlins. In a Red Raider uniform, Ramos made 57 appearances (44 starts) with 16 wins, 254 innings pitched and recorded 241 strikeouts.
An Academic All-Big 12 selection in 2009, Ramos led the Red Raiders in wins (8), innings pitched (88.0) and strikeouts (83) in 2007. Ramos became the second pitcher in school history and the first since 1970-72 (Ruben Garcia) to lead the team in strikeouts during three consecutive seasons from 2007-09.
In addition, Ramos remains in several Tech career pitching record books, including starts (2nd), innings pitched (6th) and strikeouts (6th).
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