Edubray Ramos‘ journey to the Majors was not as rapid as the last three seasons would lead one to believe. While he did begin the 2014 season in the Venezuelan Summer League (a lower level than state-side rookie ball), and had spent over three months in the Majors by the end of the 2016 season, Ramos’ professional career actually began several years earlier.
At age 17, Ramos was signed and then released by the St Louis Cardinals as they shuttered the doors of their own Venezuelan Summer League team. In a story that has been told before, Ramos spent the next two years literally painting cars and cleaning floors to cover his mother’s medical bills before receiving an opportunity to tryout for the Phillies. He was signed without a bonus before the 2013 season, and came stateside in 2014.
He quickly ascended the Minor League ranks as a reliever, and entering the 2016 season, was one of the most interesting relief prospects in the Phillies’ system. Beginning the season back in Reading, Ramos quickly earned a promotion after pitching 15 innings with a 25 percent K-BB rate. He maintained his dominance in Lehigh Valley, producing a 25.6 percent K-BB rate while allowing only one run over 23.2 innings.