3) A.J. Ramos (10.42)
A Lubbock, TX native, the Florida Marlins chose 5’10”, 200 lb. right-hander A.J. Ramos in the 21st round back in 2009. Ramos rose through Florida’s system until 2012, when he made his major league debut with the Miami Marlins.
Ramos struck out 13 of the 40 batters he faced over 11 games to close out the 2012 season. In 2013, he struck out 86 in 80 innings and earned a 3.15 ERA.
In 2014, Ramos turned some heads by going 7-0 with a 2.11 ERA, and 73 K’s in 64 innings pitched. Opponents WHIP’d 1.234 off him, and slashed .164/.307/.236. Control was a bit of an issue, as Ramos issued 43 of them. That’s two walks every three innings, or kinda like Kyle Barraclough’s rookie season. More on him later.
In 2015, Ramos dropped his WHIP all the way down to 1.009, and issued just 26 walks in 70 1/3 innings. He did this while continuing to blow guys away, at a career best 11.1 K/9 rate. Ramos posted a 2.30 ERA and a 2.4 record through the season. He also saved 32 games after taking over as the closer from Steve Cishek.
In 2016, Ramos was honored with his first all-star appearance. He saved another 40 games for the Miami Marlins, going 1-4 with 2.81 ERA. He struck out 73 in 64 innings, and walked 35 while WHIPping 1.359. He saved another 20 games for the Marlins in 2017. The Marlins traded him to the New York Mets on July 28th for Merandy Gonzalez and Ricardo Cespedes.
Ramos has gone on to middling success with the Mets, with only seven saves and a 5.59 ERA in 49 contests since the trade. Meanwhile, Gonzalez is 2-0 for the Marlins in a short look earlier this year.