One of the pitchers I will remember from the 2015 Phillies minor league season will be watching Edubray Ramos pitch out of the pen. He has been the best they have in the minor league system in a relief role over the last four weeks. He made his Eastern League Reading debut Saturday night with a four pitch, two out appearance striking out one an getting a fly.
He is a strike thrower who relies on a 95 mph fastball which sets up his strikeout pitch, his 83-84 mph slider. For the Threshers his strength was coming out of the pen in save or hold situations. He had eight saves and five holds during his time at high A this season.
His overall record was 3-4 in 49.1 innings in relief. For the Threshers in 29 appearances he walked only six and struck out 47 for an almost 8-1 strikeout to walk ratio. He had a excellent 0.75 WHIP and a 1.46 ERA.
But it was over the last four weeks and ten relief appearances including nine in the Florida State League and Saturday in the Eastern League which has made him the best minor league relief prospect the Phillies have. Ramos went 1-0 with four saves. He pitched 18.1 innings, allowing no earned run, only nine hits, walked three and struck out 25.
The 22-year old from Venezuela has risen to the top of the Phillies reliever prospect list. His last appearance for the Threshers was Tuesday night against the Lakewood Flying Tigers where he struck out two in one inning of work. He showed off his slider as his strikeout pitch. See HERE and HERE.
After watching the 8-5 Phillies loss to the Giants last night when the bullpen imploded losing a 4-1 lead, the Phillies need effective arms out of the pen. Look for Ramos to be a September major league call up if he continues his dominance on the mound.