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Despite missing out on a minor league season in 2020, hurler Ramon Rosso has thrust himself into discussions of being among the Phillies' top prospects over the past year or so.
|Ramon Rosso in 2018, image- Jay Floyd|
Among the players designated to stay ready on the organization's Taxi Squad last year, Rosso made his big league debut with the Phils last July. In seven big league appearances (one start) the Dominican Republic native notched a 0-1 record with a 6.52 ERA while striking out 11 batters in 9 2/3 innings.
Over this past off-season Rosso looked exceptionally strong with the Aguilas in the Dominican Winter League. The right-hander tallied a 1-0 record with a 0.47 ERA over five appearance while striking out 20 and walking three in 19 innings of work.
In three minor league seasons, Rosso blazed through seven levels, recording a 23-10 record with a 2.20 ERA, a .221 batting average against and a 10.1 K/9 mark in 62 games (60 starts).
The 24-year-old brings an arsenal of three pitches including a four-seam fastball that features nice movement, usually resides in the mid-90's and has regularly been clocked at 97 MPH, a slider that impresses his teammates and a change up that he's made very good progress with during his time in the minors.
Coaches like the presence Rosso has on the mound as a guy that will go out and attack the opposition.
Consistency is the key for the big six-foot-four 240-pounder to return to the big leagues and stay there. It's been the primary focus for much of his recent career.
It's possible Rosso could open the 2021 campaign with the Triple-A/Taxi Squad roster, but look for him to be among the arms that should contribute as needs arise.
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