In need of help out in the bullpen, the Phillies call-up one of their young prospects from Triple-A
UPDATE – The Phillies have placed Andrew Bailey on the DL to make room for Ramos
While most of Philadelphia was either fast asleep or out celebrating the 76ers selection of Ben Simmons with the first overall pick, the Phillies front office began making some moves of their own to the pitching staff.
According to Andrés Espinoza, a well-follwed baseball reporter from Venezuela, the Phillies will call-up relief pitcher Edubray Ramos, the club’s 28th ranked prospect.
No corresponding roster move has been announced as of late Thursday evening.
Incase you don’t read Spanish, here is a loose translation of the above tweet and some quotes from Ramos.
"A source close to Edubray Ramos informs me that he got the call from the #Phillies this morning #TiburonesEdubray on the call of the #Phillies : “Pretty happy. I was asked how my arm felt and if I was ready to throw in MLB . ”On being closer in MLB in the future, Edubray : “They ( #Phillies ) confident that I can and I’m slowly getting ready . “"
Originally signed by the St. Louis Cardinals as a 17-year-old in Venezuela, Ramos signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies in November of 2012. He played the 2013 season in the Venezuelan Summer League, as well as part of the 2014 season. He made appearances in the Florida Gulf Coast League and Short-A Williamsport for the Phillies organization during the 2014 season.
Ramos was invited to Spring Training, and began the 2016 season in with 11 appearances with Double-A Reading. In 15 innings of relief, Ramos allowed nine hits, four earned runs, and struck out 15 batters. The 23-year-old earned seven saves while blowing two, and finishing with a 2.40 ERA.
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He pitched even better when he was promoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley during the first week of May. In 15 games he was a perfect three-for-three in save opportunities while striking out 26 batters in 23.2 innings. Ramos allowed only one run as a Triple-A pitcher, resulting in an ERA of 0.38 with the Iron Pigs.
While a corresponding move has not been announced, the two most likely options would be the demotion of Adam Morgan, or the placement of Andrew Bailey on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Morgan had another rough outing Wednesday, giving up 11 hits and five runs in only five innings.
Pete MacKanin’s bullpen has been vastly overworked throughout the past week. In four of the Phillies last six games the starting pitcher has not gotten out of the sixth inning. In those six games, the bullpen has pitched a combined 19.1 innings.
Andrew Bailey’s injury made the situation even worse, as the team was down an experienced arm with some fatigued bodies out in the bullpen.
Whether or not Ramos is a long-term option in the major leagues is yet to be seen. He has been a fast riser through the minor league system, and can hopefully be a quality back of the bullpen reliever for many years for the Phillies.