Alejandro (A.J.) Hinjos Ramos (ra-mos), Jr....attended Texas Tech University...led Red Raiders in strikeouts from 2007-2009, with high of 83 in 2007...has sixth-most career strikeouts (241) and innings pitched (254.0) in school history, and second-most games started (tied, 44)...2005 graduate of Estacado High School in Lubbock, Texas...was a four-year letterman for the Matadors...was the 2005 Texas Sports Writers Association Class 4A Player of the Year...2005 Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Co-MVP...District 4-4A MVP...a four-time All-District selection as well as a three-time All-City and All-South Plains honoree...named the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Pitcher of the Year in 2004... earned All-State honors both his junior and senior seasons...was 15-2 with one save as senior; totaled a 1.16 ERA and held opponents to a .078 batting average... also, struck out 190 batters in 97.0 innings, an average of 14.6 strikeouts per seven innings...tossed nine complete games...originally signed with New Mexico Junior College but signed a letter of intent with Texas Tech late in the spring of 2005.
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.