July 10, 2017
By: Steve Degler
Edubray Ramos made a meteoric rise through the Phillies minor league system in 2016. The righty reliever started the season in Reading. By early May, he was promoted to Lehigh Valley and in late June, the Phillies called him up to the big leagues.
Jesen Therrien may be on a similar path this season. Therrien, also a righty, posted a 1.26 ERA in Reading to begin the year. He has been very good with the IronPigs and could be on the fast track to a Phillies bullpen that is seemingly always in need of help.
Therrien is a very interesting guy. The 24-year-old Montreal native speaks three languages (French, English and Spanish). And he understands a fourth. He learned Spanish from his minor league teammates and, because his father was born in Haiti, he understands Creole.
Jesen comes from a baseball family. He would go watch the Expos at Olympic Stadium. He was a fan of Vladimir Guerrero. Therrien also roots for the Canadiens but he did not play organized hockey.
IronPigs manager Dusty Wathan said Therrien’s 2017 season resembles what Ramos did last year. Wathan cites improved fastball command as a big reason Therrien has been able to move to Triple-A so quickly. Next stop? Citizens Bank Park.
(Photo Credit: Austin Sullivan/Reading Fightin Phils)