Alejandro (AJ) Hinjos Ramos (ră-mos) Jr. graduated from Estacado High School in Lubbock, TX...Was the 2005 Texas Sports Writers Association Class 4A Player of the Year, 2005 Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Co-MVP and District 4-4A MVP while attending Estacado...Attended Texas Tech University where he led the Red Raiders in strikeouts from 2007-2009, with a high of 83 in 2007...Has the sixth-most career strikeouts (241) and innings pitched (254.0) in school history, and second-most games started (tied, 44)...Originally signed with New Mexico Junior College but signed a letter of intent with Texas Tech late in the spring of 2005...Helped raise funds for those affected by Hurricane Harvey in 2017...Also assisted the University of Houston football team at Saint Borromeo Catholic Church.
Acquired by the Mets on July 28 in exchange for righthanded pitcher Merandy Gonzalez and outfielder Ricardo Cespedes...His 27 combined saves were seventh-most in the National League...Converted seven of eight save opportunities with the Mets...Held lefthanded hitters to a .197 average (23-117)...Made his Mets debut on July 30 at Seattle...Allowed one run over 11.0 innings (0.82 ERA) in 12 games from August 11-September 8...Went 6-for-6 in save opportunities during that span.
Earned first career All-Star nod and established career high with 40 saves in 43 chances...Ranked sixth in the Majors in saves...Became fifth Marlins' closer to record 40-plus saves in a season (last, Todd Jones, 40 in 2005)...In 34 home games, was 1-1 with a 1.67 ERA (32.1 ip/6 er); home ERA ranked fourth among NL relievers (min. 20 games)...From April 24 to May 4, and again from July 5-19, tied Club record be recording seven saves in a span of 10 team games...Steve Cishek (7/20/14 - 7/29/14) and Antonio Alfonseca (6/30/00 - 7/13/00) were only other Marlins' pitchers to accomplish feat prior to 2016...Set Club record by converting 24 consecutive save chances to open season; first blown save was July 1 at Atlanta...First blown save snapped streak of 33 consecutive saves dating back to September 8, 2015 vs. Milwaukee, tied with Steve Cishek (June 8, 2013-April 22, 2014) for longest run in Club history...Placed on 15-day disabled list on August 6 with a fractured right middle finger...Recalled from rehab and reinstated from on Aug. 21...Was 0-3, 2.29 (19.2/5) with eight saves (nine chances) in 20 games after returning from DL, with 16 scoreless outings.
Established career highs with 71 appearances, 32 saves, and 87 strikeouts...Ranked ninth among National League relievers in saves and 14th in save percentage (84.2; 32-for-38). Additionally, was tied for fourth in strikeouts, ranked sixth in average against (.184), and 14th in ERA (2.30)...Took over closer role on May 13 at Dodgers, securing first career save. From that date went 32-for-36 in save opportunities. Was 0-for-2 prior to becoming closer...Over first 27 appearances of season, allowed just three runs in 28.1 innings (0.95 ERA), going 7-for-9 in save opportunities. In last 44 appearances, went 2-4 with 25 saves (29 opportunities) and 3.21 ERA (42.0/15)...Took loss on June 9 at Toronto, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk in just 0.1 inning. That ended a Club-record streak of 119 appearances between losses; previous loss was on July 29, 2013 vs. Mets...From June 12-July 12, had season-long 12.0 inning scoreless streak. Allowed just three hits and two walks over streak, while striking out 13; went 7-for-7 in save chances...On Aug. 22 vs. Philadelphia, gave up two home runs for first time in career. Had allowed just 11 home runs in 201 games prior to that date...Recorded four saves in four-game span (Sept. 8-12), becoming the sixth pitcher (eighth time) in Club history to accomplish the feat, the first since Kevin Gregg (July 9-12, 2008)...Became first closer in Marlins' history to save both games of doubleheader on October 3 against Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
In second full season with Marlins, registered opponent average of .164 (36x220), ranking fourth among relievers in National League (ninth in MLB)...It was second-lowest opponent average by a reliever in Club history, behind Ar-mando Benitez (.152 in 2004)...Road ERA was 1.56 (34.2 ip/6 er), which ranked third among NL relievers and sev-enth in MLB (min. 35 games)...That was also second-best mark by a reliever in Club history, behind Kiko Calero (1.47 in 2009)...Set new career-long scoreless innings streak of 13.1 frames from June 10 at Texas through July 26 at Houston; went 1-0 over 12 appearances during streak, with 12 strikeouts and .098 (4x41) average against. Streak was snapped on July 30 vs. Washington (1.0 ip, h, r, er, bb)...56 of 68 appearances were scoreless, and allowed just seven of 30 inherited runners to score. Ranked 16th in NL in percentage of inherited runners scored (23.3)...Earned fourth win of season on June 15 vs. Pittsburgh, setting new career high for a season...Finished season with seven wins, tied with Kevin Gregg (2008) and Jay Powell (1997) for fourth place in Club history by a reliever...Was ?rst NL reliever to finish season 7-0 or better since Micah Owings (8-0) in 2011...Had ?rst career stint on 15-day disabled list from July 1 (retro to June 28) to July 18 due to right shoulder inflammation...Went 3-0, 2.03 (26.2/6) in 29 games following return from DL...From June 1 to end of season, posted 1.55 ERA (40.2/7) with 4-0 record in 42 games; ERA ranked seventh among NL relievers (15th in MLB) over that span (min. 35 games)...Made 100th career appearance on May 20 vs. Philadelphia
Led National League rookie relievers in innings pitched and walks, while ranking second in strikeouts and fifth in appearances and average against (.201). Innings pitched and strikeout totals ranked fifth among NL relievers. Threw 1,370 pitches for season, second-most among NL relievers, behind Josh Collmenter (1,555). Had third-most strikeouts in a season by a reliever in Club history, behind Robb Nen (92 in 1996) and Kevin Gregg (87 in 2007), and ranked 10th in innings pitched. Held right-handed hitters to .185 average against to rank fourth among all NL pitchers (min. 150 at-bats); did not surrender a home run to a right-handed batter (177 batters faced). Earned first career win on June 21, 2013 at San Francisco with 1.0 scoreless inning of relief. Recorded second win of season in next appearance, June 25 vs. Minnesota, allowing one hit in 2.0 innings. Tallied four strikeouts on April 20 at Cincinnati to mark a career high. Equaled mark on July 4 at Atlanta. Suffered first career loss May 1 against Mets, allowing one run, as well as two inherited runners to score, on one hit (one home run) in 0.1 inning. Tossed career-high 2.1 innings on June 8 at Mets. Of his 80 appearances, 20 went more than 1.0 inning and 12 were under 1.0 inning. Recorded three-game winning streak from June 21-July 4. Was second longest on Club for season, behind five-game streak by Jose Fernandez. From July 13-27, held opponents hitless over seven appearances (7.1 IP). In last 17 outings to close out season, held opponents scoreless 16 times. Surrendered three runs without recording an out on September 4 at Cubs.
Spent entire Minor League season with Double-A Jacksonville prior to having contract selected on Sept. 4. Held opponents to a .151 average (36x239) for Suns...Was sixth at Double-A level with 21 saves, and his 89 strikeouts were second-most by any Double-A pitcher that did not make at least eight starts...Led Southern League relievers in games finished (46), opponents average, and fewest base runners per 9.0 innings. Ranked second with 11.67 SO/9.0 IP...Had contract selected from Double-A Jacksonville on Sept. 4 and made ML debut against Milwaukee that day, striking out all three batters faced. Became thefirst Marlin in Club history to strike out first three Major League batters faced. - STATS LLC...Allowed three runs over first three appearances (2.0 IP), but finished by allowing just one over last eight games (7.1 IP).
Named to Florida State League midseason All-Star team out of bullpen for single-AJupiter, going 1-1 with 12 saves and a 2.31 ERA (23.1 IP/6 ER) in 23 appearances infirst half...After break, pitched in 26 games out of bullpen, with a 0-3 record, 13 saves and a1.32 ERA (27.1/4)...His 49 appearances led Hammerheads. Also led Club's full-time relievers in strikeoutsand saves, and among pitchers with at least 20 appearances, had second-lowestERA and third-lowest WHIP...Was third in FSL in saves, and fourth in strikeouts among full-time relievers. Also, wasthird in league in appearances, and had second-fewest walks among top-three...Recorded saves in 12 consecutive opportunities from April 19-July 4; also recorded saves in final four appearances of season...Tossed season-high 2.0 innings twice; recorded season-high four strikeouts in both games (July 26 vs. Dunedin and August 13 vs.Bradenton)...Had multiple strikeouts in 22 of 49 outings.
After going 2-5, 13-of-16 in save chances with a 4.45 ERA (30.1/15) in first half of 2010 with single-A Greensboro, rebounded with a 1-2, 15-of-19, 2.89 ERA (28.0/9) after break...Recorded saves in 10-of-12 chances to close out season...Had sixth-most strikeouts among full-time relievers in South Atlantic League, and was fourth overall in appearances.
Began career with short-season Jamestown in 2009; did not surrender an earned run in 12 of final 13 appearances, and converted final seven save opportunities.