MLB.com reporter Adam McCalvy is reporting that the three players coming back to the Milwaukee Brewers from the Philadelphia Phillies for David Phelps are Brandon Ramey, Israel Pello and Juan Geraldo.
Hearing the Brewers will get three 19-year-old RHPs from the Phillies for David Phelps: Brandon Ramey, Israel Puello, Juan Geraldo. Story: https://t.co/txhpinpeZS— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) August 31, 2020
When it was reported that the Brewers were getting back three low-level pitchers, they really meant low level. Ramey and Geraldo haven’t gotten past rookie league in the states, and Puello spent the last two seasons in the Dominican Summer League. None of the players appears on a top prospect list, but that doesn’t mean you prospect-obsessed farm reporter can’t track down information on the presumed Brewers prospects!
RHP Brandon Ramey
Brandon Ramey just turned 20 years old the day he was traded. Prior to that, he was drafted in the 30th round of the 2018 draft out of high school by the Phillies. He made his debut that same season at rookie league, appearing in four games and pitching nine innings. His results were so, so, giving up six earned runs, striking out seven and walking four, but they were definitely a small sample size.
Ramey returned to the Gulf Coast League in 2019, where he made seven starts and threw 22.2 innings for his rookie league team. The results were exceptionally better this time around for Ramey, giving up just seven runs with 30 strikeouts to six walks. Not only that, but we opened the June 26 no-hitter over the GCL Phillies. Ramey was shut down due to a “tired arm.”
At 6’3” and 170 lbs., there’s plenty of room for growth for Ramey. He’s got a lower arm slot and a changeup that could be “very good” that sits 82-84 mph. His fastball currently peaks at 94 mph. He pairs those two with a high-70s curveball.
RHP Israel Alphonso Puello
Of the three pitchers listed, Puello is the only one not to play in the states thus far. He signed with the Phillies in International Free Agency for $460,000 in 2017. He made his Dominican Summer League debut in 2018, throwing 65.2 innings, with a 60:37 K:BB ratio and 33 earned runs.
Like Ramey, his second season produced substantially better results, when he startd 15 games and threw 65.2 innings for a 1.92 ERA. Over that span, he significantly improved his K:BB, posting 82 strikeouts to 19 walks.
Although he’s still 19, Puello has a relatively filled out frame. At 17, he walked around at 200 lbs. and standing 6’3’, already hucking 92 mph with his fastball and a solid slider. He understands how to miss bats and could definitely be a power arm when he fully develops.
RHP Juan Geraldo
Geraldo signed the same year as Puello, but to less fan fare. He sports a smaller frame than his peers, standing a 6’0”, 175 lbs. Like Puello, he debuted in the Dominican Summer League to fine results. He threw 61 innings, had a 4.43 ERA, 52 strikeouts and 20 walks.
In 2019, the Phillies bumped Geraldo to the states, where he started two games and pitched out of the pen in 10 other games. Over 25 innings, he struck out 33 and walked 7, ending his season with a 3.96 ERA.
Geraldo’s fastball will top 93 mph. He pairs it with an 85 mph changeup and low-80s curveball. His frame isn’t maxed out and he definitely sports a classic delivery.