AJ Ramos Dominates in MLB Debut Against Brewers
Sept. 4, 2012
Ramos struck out Rickie Weeks, Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez in his big league debut
MIAMI, Fla. - Former Texas Tech right-handed pitcher AJ Ramos made his big league debut tonight with the Miami Marlins, and he made it memorable striking out the side in the top of the ninth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Marlins Park.
Ramos, 25, became Texas Tech's 23rd player to make his Major League Baseball debut as he entered the game in the top of the ninth inning with the Marlins trailing the Brewers, 8-4.
Ramos faced the 2-3-4-hole batters for the Brewers, which included Rickie Weeks, reigning National League Most Valuable Player Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez - who had combined went 5-for-12 in the game entering the inning.
Ramos struck out all three batters while needing only 13 pitches (10 strikes) in the frame. Weeks struck out looking while both Braun and Ramirez went down swinging.
The Marlins eventually lost the game, 8-4.
Ramos is the fourth Red Raider in the last three years to make their MLB debut. In fact, Texas Tech has now had 15 players make it to the big leagues 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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