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  • Writer's pictureSteve Potter

9/18/2020 : Trade Completion

The Phillies completed the David Phelps trade from August by sending three minor-league right handed pitchers , Juan Geraldo, Israel Puello and Brandon Ramey to Milwaukee.

We got to watch each of the three teenagers pitch on the back fields of Carpenter Complex.

Here are my reports on each ....

Juan Geraldo - 9/13/17 ... Amateur Free Agent - Dominican Republic ... 19 years old ...

Appeared in 12 games for GCL Phillies East in 2019 posting a 2-0 record with 33 K’s and 7 walks in 25 IP ( 12 games ) and a 3.96 ERA ... we saw most of the games he pitched in, no fear approach going right after the hitters, good movement on two deliveries ( FB, Slider ) with sinking action on FB that sat low nineties. Reminds me in demeanor of young Hector Neris, a battler and capable of pitching multiple innings.

Israel Puello - Signed 7/2/17... Amateur Free Agent - Dominican Republic ... 19 years old ... dominated the 2019 Dominican Summer League posting a 1.92 ERA in 15 games ( 65.2 IP ) with a whopping 83 K’s ... I’ve only seen him once, two years ago in Fall Instructs ... reports from Dominican - big arm potential - sits 92-94 but has reached 95-96, also has a plus slider ... changeup is work in progress ... another big frame at 6’3” 200 ... after two season in the DSL its time for him to come stateside ...

Brandon Ramey - drafted 30th round of the 2018 draft from Riverside, CA ... 20 years old ... recorded a 2.78 ERA in seven starts for GCL Phillies West in 2019 with 30 K’s and only 6 walks in 22 2/3 IP. Appeared in four games with Phillies West the year before. Brandon is a power pitcher with a FB that touched mid nineties but sat in the 91-94 range.

He also features a change up and curve ball. Was the starter in a no hitter on 6/26 going four innings against Phillies East and followed that with four more no hit innings in his next start. Brandon was shut down for the balance of the 2019 season after starting his 7th game of the season on 8/3 with a tired arm. He’s a good young man, very cordial and loves cars, drives a mean Dodge Challenger. He’s 6’3” 170 ... I gotta feeling he’s gonna be a good one ...

Milwaukee got three talented young men in the deal. We wish them all the best of luck going forward.

Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️

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