This is an open format for minor league prospect discussion. Today’s subject is Brandon Ramey. These articles will mostly be about players I have seen. So, they will be mostly about players from the lower levels of the organization. If you have someone in particular you want to hear about, put the name in the comments section. If I’ve seen enough to warrant a post, I’ll strongly consider it.
Brandon Ramey was the Phillies 30th round pick in the 2018 draft out of Martin Luther King High School (Riverside, CA). He was one of 10 prep selected by the Phillies in the first 30 rounds. The Phillies signed 7 of those picks – Kendall Simmons (6th), Gabriel Cotto (7th), Dominic Pipkin (9th), Jose Mercado (13th), Logan O’Hoppe (23rd), Jaylen Smith (29th), and Ramey. His high school teammate, Daniel Carpenter (15th), was reported to have signed with the Phillies but decided to honor his commitment to Central Arizona.
Ramey is 19-years-old. The 6’3, 170 lb., right-handed pitcher was lured away from his Cal State commitment.
Ramey saw limited action with the 2018 Gulf Coast Phillies West. I wrote the following last year in 2018 Gulf Coast Phillies Recap, Part Two (West).
Brandon Ramey is a 17-year old, right-handed pitcher the Phillies selected in the 30th round of the 2018 Amateur Draft out of Martin Luther King High School (CA) and signed on June 18, 2018. He’s another slightly built kid (at 6’3, 170). He was limited to 9.0 innings during the season and didn’t pitch after July 19th. In that extremely small sample size, he posted a 1-0 record with a 6.00 ERA in 4 appearances. He held opposing batters to a 2.06 batting average, 1.222 WHIP, and struck out 7.0 batter per nine innings pitched.
Ramey returned to GCL Phillies West as an 18-year-old. He posted a 2.78 ER and 0.750 WHIP in 7 starts. He walked 6 and struck out 30 batters in 22.2 innings for a 2.4 BB/9 and an 11.9 K/9. He held opposing batters to a .143 batting average. He throws a fastball (91-94 mph), curve ball, and change up. He didn’t pitch after an August 3rd start where his fastball topped out at 91 mph.
He was the opener in their June 26th no-hitter over GCL Phillies East. He pitched 4.0 innings, walked one and struck out seven. He followed that with another 4.0 innings of no-hit ball issuing 2 walks and striking out seven, again. His no-hit string was broken in the first inning of his next start, when he retired just two of five batters in the first inning. He was lifted because he reached the 24-pitch/inning limit set by the development staff for young pitchers. Ramey rebounded with another 4.0 innings of no-hit ball in his fourth start.
After being shutdown after his seventh start, Ramey told me that he just had a “tired arm”. His pitch repertoire includes a change up that he throws 82-84 mph and a curve ball, 77-78 mph. He had slipped under my radar at the Complex. I had confused him with a juco pitcher in the organization. As a teenager with a decent fastball already, his future looks promising.