January 10, 2013 @ 18:25:39 PDT
Digging a little deeper with the Fish, I present a sleeper for saves: A.J. Ramos.
Homers have proven to be a problem in his farm duration and surfaced in his 11-game cameo in 2012. However, though the BBWAA voters couldn't decipher an eye test when it comes to talent, observers of Ramos at least would inquire more about him when they watch him pitch.
He fanned 13 in his 9 1/3 MLB frames; been a long time since Miami has had someone that electric at the back end with a semblance of decent control. There's some deceptive spasticity to his delivery, but it actually finishes in quite a smooth manner most of the time. He may need some Triple-A time to streamline things, so this dice roll requires patience.
Steve Cishek has the experience and the inside track for what's yet to be a cemented role. He's a nice tryout as a third mixed stopper. But southpaw Mike Dunn and identity-crisis righty Ryan Webb haven't proven consistent enough to lock down the understudy role. Maybe this'll finally be Jose Ceda's year, but that's hardly bankable. These rebuilders will find themselves in a position to try an unknown piece in a high-leverage role.
Ramos may at least find value in NL setups because of his punchouts even if he sticks in setup or middle-relief duty, but he carries a ceiling for much more.
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