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The Phillies protected Roman Quinn, Jimmy Cordero and Edubray Ramos from the Rule 5 Draft with spots on the 40-man roster

With plenty of room on the 40-man roster, the Phillies protected three of their better prospects from the Rule 5 Draft. On the final day to protect players, Philadelphia added outfielder Roman Quinn and pitchers Jimmy Cordero and Edubray Ramos to the big league club.

The Phillies came into Friday with 33 spots taken on their 40-man roster. Claiming A.J. Achter off waivers from the Minnesota Twins took up one of the remaining spots and they filled three more by adding Roman QuinnJimmy Cordero and Edubray Ramos to the 40-man roster. All three would have been subject to being taken in next month's Rule 5 Draft had they not bee added to the roster.

Quinn has fallen slightly among the ranks of Phillies outfield prospects, thanks in part to injuries that have plagued him throughout the past few seasons. In 2015, he missed the final 2 1/2 months of the season with a torn hip flexor after missing chunks of the previous season with a wrist and Achilles injury. Another reason for Quinn's fall in the rankings is the addition of first round draft pick Cornelius Randolph and Nick Williams, who came to the Phillies in the Cole Hamels trade. Williams took over in center field for Reading after being acquired from Texas.

Last season, Quinn was hitting .306/.356/.435 through 58 games before being injured in June. The 22-year old switch-hitter is a career .269 hitter over four seasons in the Phillies minor league system after being drafted in the second round of the 2011 Draft.

Like Williams, Cordero was also acquired in a trade by the Phillies. The deal that sent outfielder Ben Revere to Toronto brought Cordero back as one of two relievers involved in the trade. Cordero, 24, is known for his blazing fastball that often breaks the 100 mile per hour barrier on radar guns. Cordero had a 2.12 ERA in 13 games with the Fightins after coming over from Toronto. At Double-A New Hampshire, Cordero was 0-1 with one save and a 2.92 ERA in 2015.

The 22-year old Ramos was signed by the Phillies as a minor league free agent three years ago after originally signing with the Cardinals as an amateur free agent in 2010. The right-hander was 1-2, 3.54 with Reading and posted a mark of 3-4, 1.46 in 29 relief appearances with Clearwater, where he started the season. Over parts of four minor league seasons, Ramos has a 3.12 ERA in 91 relief appearance and six starts. The Phillies had Ramos start five games in the Venezuelan Summer League in 2013, his first in the organization, and he started one the following season for Williamsport, but was used exclusively as a reliever last season.

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