The Phillies have designated JC Ramirez for assignment clearing up a roster spot for Chad Durbin. Ramirez was obtained along with Philliple Aumont and Tyson Gilies from Seattle for Cliff Lee. At the time Ramirez was the #18 prospect in the Mariners system and was coming off a High Desert induced bad season in Hi-A. He was added to the 40 man by the Mariners before the trade. After coming to the Phillies, Ramirez never really improved and stalled at AA before having some occasional success after a reliever conversion in 2012.
Ramirez has a low to mid 90s fastball with good sink, an inconsistent slider, and a below average change up. He has not really missed bats despite the fastball movement. He does have some upside as a sinker/slider middle reliever.
Since he was designated for assignment a team will have to claim him on waivers and add him to the 40 man roster. Ramirez is out of minor league options so any team that wishes to send him to the minors must DFA him and expose him to waivers. If he clears waivers Ramirez will likely be assigned to AAA where he will continue to see if he can have success out of the pen.
Overall this is not a move of great impact because Ramirez was unlikely to make the team out of spring training. There is still a chance for him to have some major league impact so it would be nice to see him clear waivers. This is the first of the players from the Cliff Lee deal to not make it as a Phillie (Aumont has pitched on the big league level already)