That all changed Tuesday night, when after a decade of toiling in the Minor Leagues, Ravin was promoted to the Dodgers between games of a doubleheader, struck out the only batter he faced while hitting 100 mph on the radar gun, and was credited with his first Major League victory in the Dodgers' dramatic 9-8 comeback win over the Rockies.
"I'll sleep with the ball, I know that," said the emotional 27-year-old. "It's been a long time. I didn't sleep last night. It's still settling in."
Ravin came to Spring Training as a non-roster pitcher who spent eight years in the Reds organization before joining the Dodgers to split time between Double-A and Triple-A last year, when he was plagued by oblique and groin issues.
He was primarily a wild starter through his first six professional seasons before moving to the bullpen. He became the 11th pitcher the Dodgers have promoted from the Minor Leagues this season.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.