Coming into the 2017 season, there was a lot of hype around Edubray Ramos. The 24-year-old righty enjoyed a solid season during his first taste of the show in 2016 with the Phillies. In 42 appearances last season, Ramos threw 40 innings to the tune of a 1-3 record with a 3.82 ERA, 40 strikeouts, and 11 walks. He seemingly came out of nowhere to become one of the more reliable arms in the ‘pen for the Phillies down the stretch last year, seeing time in multiple roles. He found himself throwing in the 5th and 6th innings of games to start his campaign, and by the end of the year he was a key late inning arm for the Phils, racking up 15 holds by the season’s end.
The impressive showing in 2016 gave people in the organization a lot of hope for 2017. When we talked about who would/should possibly be the closer for the 2017 Phillies back in December, Ramos was seen as a dark horse to steal the job from the likes of Hector Neris, Jeanmar Gomez, and Joaquin Benoit. Pete Mackanin ultimately gave the nod to Gomez to start the year, so Ramos was back to being a middle-to-late relief arm out of the Phillies bullpen.
Being in the same role as last year seemed like it would help Ramos, but his solid 2016 performance has been long forgotten thanks to a dreadful 2017 up to this point.
Ramos currently holds an 0-7 record on the year. As a reliever this early in the season with 7 losses, something’s wrong. In 35 appearances, he’s pitched 31 innings to the tune of a 5.52 ERA, and he’s walked 22 batters in those 31 innings. Compare that to the 11 walks he surrendered in 40 innings last year, and you’d think that we are comparing two different players. He has been a totally different player in 2017.
The right-hander recently had his worst stretch by far as a pro. Over his last 5 appearances, he had an 0-4 record. No, he did not start any of those games. He only registered a total of 1.1 innings during that span, not even recording an out in 2 of those games. Ramos surrendered 9 earned runs in those 5 appearances. For those of you at home trying to figure out just how bad that is, well, it doesn’t get much worse.
All of this has added up to a demotion for the young righty, as he was sent down to Triple-A Lehigh Valley today. RHP Ricardo Pinto has been promoted from AAA to take his place on the big league roster, as Pinto will be back for his second go-around with the Phils this year.
Let’s hope that Ramos can head down to the farm and find his stuff that made him successful last season. As we all know, this club is desperate for some help from this bullpen, so hopefully he can find his way and be back up here helping us out sooner than later.
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