James Ramsey (baseball)

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James Ramsey
Free Agent
Outfielder/second baseman
Born: (1989-12-19) December 19, 1989 (age 27)
Alpharetta, Georgia
Bats: Left Throws: Right

James Brogan Ramsey (born December 19, 1989) is an American professional baseball outfielder and Second Baseman who is currently a free agent. The St. Louis Cardinals selected him in the first round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft from Florida State University.

Amateur career[edit]

Ramsey attended Wesleyan School in Peachtree Corners, Georgia.[1] In 2008, Wesleyan's baseball team won the state championship.[2] He then enrolled at Florida State University from 2009–12, where he played college baseball for the Florida State Seminoles baseball team. Ramsey was a three-year starter for the Seminoles, helping lead them to the 2010 College World Series and the 2012 College World Series.

As a junior, Ramsey led Florida State in nearly every offensive category and led the Atlantic Coast Conference in total bases, earning third-team All-American and first-team All-ACC honors.[3][4][5] Ramsey was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 22nd round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft but opted to return to Florida State.[6][7]

Ramsey earned even more accolades his senior season when he was named the American Baseball Coaches Association Co-Player of the Year and the ACC Player of the Year and also earned unanimous First Team All-American honors.[8]

Professional career[edit]

Ramsey was drafted in the first round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals.[9]

Ramsey spent the 2012 season with the Palm Beach Cardinals, the St. Louis Cardinals' affiliate in the Class-A Advanced Florida State League, where he played in 56 games. He started 2013 with Palm Beach before being promoted to the Springfield Cardinals of the Class AA Texas League.[10] Ramsey began the 2014 season with Springfield, and was selected to play in the 2014 All-Star Futures Game at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota.[11]

On July 30, 2014, the Cardinals traded Ramsey to the Cleveland Indians for starting pitcher Justin Masterson.[12] The Indians assigned him to the Columbus Clippers of the Class AAA International League.[13] After the 2015 season, the Indians added Ramsey to their 40-man roster.[14] The Indians designated him for assignment on April 4, 2016.[15] On April 10, the Indians traded Ramsey and Zach Walters to the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he was assigned to the AAA Oklahoma City Dodgers.[16] He was designated for assignment on May 28, 2016[17] but cleared waivers and was outrighted back to Oklahoma City on June 4.[18] He was traded to the Seattle Mariners on August 4, 2016.[19]

Personal life[edit]

While at Florida State, Ramsey was a candidate for the Rhodes Scholarship.[20] Ramsey's father also played college baseball for the Seminoles.[3]


  1. ^ "Wesleyan grad Ramsey named nation's top player". Gwinnett Daily Post. June 26, 2012. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  2. ^ Smith, Scott (May 29, 2015). "Wesleyan's James Ramsey waiting on the big-league call". Gwinnett Daily Post. Retrieved October 20, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "James Ramsey". Seminoles.com. Archived from the original on June 20, 2013. Retrieved February 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ Harvey, Coley (June 15, 2011). "Florida State's Sean Gilmartin, James Ramsey are All-Americans". Orlando Sentinel. Archived from the original on November 23, 2012. Retrieved February 27, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Six-Picked All-ACC". Seminoles.com. May 23, 2011. Archived from the original on June 20, 2013. Retrieved February 27, 2013. 
  6. ^ English, Antonya (June 7, 2012). "James Ramsey enjoys rewards of returning to Florida State Seminoles baseball team". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved February 27, 2013. 
  7. ^ "FSU's Ramsey up for challenge". Gwinnett Daily Post. August 17, 2012. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  8. ^ Harvey, Coley (June 26, 2012). "Florida State's James Ramsey named ABCA Co-Player of Year". Orlando Sentinel. Archived from the original on November 16, 2012. Retrieved February 27, 2013. 
  9. ^ Harvey, Coley (June 4, 2012). "FSU's James Ramsey taken in first round by St. Louis Cardinals in MLB Draft". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved February 27, 2013. 
  10. ^ "James Ramsey minor league statistics & history". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 27, 2013. 
  11. ^ "2014 All-Star Futures Game roster". MLB.com. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  12. ^ Nightengale, Bob (July 30, 2014). "The Cardinals acquire Justin Masterson from the Indians". USA Today. Retrieved July 30, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Ramsey easing into Triple-A nicely". Cleveland Indians. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Indians add prospect Tyler Naquin to roster". MLB.com. Retrieved April 10, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Cleveland Indians catcher Roberto Perez passes concussion test, Joba Chamberlain added to roster". cleveland.com. Retrieved April 10, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Cleveland Indians trade Zach Walters, James Ramsey to Los Angeles Dodgers for cash considerations". cleveland.com. Retrieved April 10, 2016. 
  17. ^ Stephen, Eric (May 28, 2016). "Casey Fien called up to join Dodgers bullpen". SB Nation. Retrieved May 28, 2016. 
  18. ^ Stephen, Eric (June 4, 2016). "Dodgers send James Ramsey outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City". SB Nation. Retrieved June 5, 2016. 
  19. ^ Curto, Mike (August 4, 2016). "Errors benefit Tacoma in runfest with El Paso". News Tribune. Retrieved August 5, 2016. 
  20. ^ Traub, Todd (May 6, 2014). "Texas notes: Ramsey keeps things upbeat: Cardinals center fielder displaying leadership on field, in clubhouse". MiLB.com. Retrieved August 24, 2015. 

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