After the Philadelphia Phillies made some minor changes to their major league coaching staff following their elimination from the postseason, it was only a matter of time before pieces began moving to fill the vacancies.
On Friday, the Phillies announced they had promoted minor league pitching coach Cesár Ramos to the big league club to take over as the team's bullpen coach. Ramos, 39, has been the pitching coach for the team's Triple-A affiliate Lehigh Valley IronPigs for the last two seasons. He will take the place of former bullpen coach Dave Lundquist.
A former major league relief pitcher, Ramos has been in the Phillies organization since 2017, when he pitched for the IronPigs at the end of his playing career. The lefty appeared in 40 games (11 starts) for Lehigh Valley, pitching to a 4.00 ERA and a 5-4 record with one save in 92 1/3 innings.
Originally selected by the San Diego Padres in the 2005 June Amateur Draft with the 35th overall pick, Ramos spent eight seasons in the majors. He appeared in 267 games with the Padres, Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Angels, and Texas Rangers. He had a 10-15 record, with a 4.02 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP through 346 2/3 innings.
His best major league season came in 2015 with the Angels. He threw 52 1/3 innings over 65 appearances and finished the year with a 2.75 ERA, a 1.34 WHIP, 43 strikeouts while compiling a 0.6 fWAR.