In early July the Los Angeles Dodgers made relatively zero waves signing former Red Raider and Estacado Matador AJ Ramos to a non-roster deal for their summer camp. Mostly thought of as a warm body to get their team ready for the season, Ramos hasn't pitched in the MLB since 2018. He hasn't pitched well in the MLB since 2017.

When Ramos was at his best though, he was a top 10 closer in baseball. In Miami Ramos had a five-year stretch where he held a 3.02 ERA and at least 60 appearances per year. From 2015 to 2017 when he was Miami's primary closer he had 92 saves, the 5th most in baseball during that span behind names like Mark Melancon (109), Kenley Jansen (108), Jeurys Familia (97), and Craig Kimbrel (95).

Ramos, to his credit, is fighting back after spending most of the past two seasons out of baseball. Last night in a warm-up game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Ramos looked like all the fighting back is paying off. Striking out Sterling Marte on a changeup and flashing his 92 mph with accuracy.

If Ramos doesn't make the roster for the Dodgers this week, he'll land somewhere. At 33 years of age, there's too much potential for teams to not take a chance on.

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