Phillies 2016 Grades: Bullpen

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Aug 19, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Hector Neris (50) prior to action against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park. The St. Louis Cardinals won 4-3 in the eleventh inning. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 19, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Hector Neris (50) prior to action against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park. The St. Louis Cardinals won 4-3 in the eleventh inning. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jun 29, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Edubray Ramos against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 29, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Edubray Ramos against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

EDUBRAY RAMOS

The youngest member of the Phillies regular bullpen rotation this season, Ramos will turn 24 years of age in mid-December.

The rookie right-hander has generally fared well in his first taste of big league action. Over 42 games he has allowed 36 hits in 40 innings with a 40/11 K:BB ratio. He sports a 3.83 ERA and a 1.175 WHIP, as well as a favorable 109 ERA+ mark.

As the season rolled into its final weeks and the veterans Gomez and Neris appeared to possibly be wearing down a bit, it looked as though Ramos might be lining up for some Save opportunities.

However, Ramos came down with elbow soreness in recent days, and he has not pitched since September 22nd.

The team says that the elbow issue is not serious. But there is no reason to use him again this late in the year, and so he is likely done for 2016.

Assuming he is healthy, Ramos will come to spring training in February as a clear favorite to capture a role in the 2017 Phillies bullpen.

GRADE: B

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