Ramsey Excited About Future With Indians
Ryan Hohman | On 25, Aug 2014
James Ramsey is excited to be part of the Cleveland Indians organization. While he waits for his chance to contribute at the big league level, he looks forward to playing a big role in the Columbus Clippers quest to win the International League West Division title this season.
Acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals for Justin Masterson on July 30, the 6-foot, 190-pound outfielder hasn’t stopped hitting since reporting to Triple-A Columbus following the trade.
In a 7-4 win over the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs on August 14, Ramsey went 5-5 with a home run, two doubles, and 5 RBIs. He’s batting .302 with three home runs and 15 RBIs in just 22 games with the Clippers.
“It’s great. I’m settled in,” said Ramsey when asked about his new team. “They have such a great facility and staff here. Everyday I keep learning new things that I love about these guys. The teammates have been great welcoming me with open arms and I think my style of play is attractive to guys after they get to know me and see my work ethic. It’s been fun.”
There was a familiar face in the locker room when Ramsey arrived in Columbus. Outfielder Tyler Holt was a teammate of Ramsey at Florida State, where the two helped lead the Seminoles to the College World Series in 2010. Holt played center field and Ramsey played right.
“It’s great,” said Ramsey on playing with Holt again. “He had been playing the corners a lot and I told him every chance I had to call him off I’d call him off because he had been playing center field and I was at the corners at Florida State. It’s been fun.”
Ramsey isn’t surprised by how well Holt has played when called on by the Indians this year.
“He’s an energetic guy,” said Ramsey. “I couldn’t be happier for him getting the opportunities to go up and he’s been doing really well. What you see is what you get with Tyler.”
As a junior, Ramsey led the Atlantic Coast Conference in nearly every offensive category, earning Third-Team All-American and First-Team All-ACC honors. The Minnesota Twins then selected him in the 22nd round of the 2011 Major League Draft, but he opted to return to Florida State for his senior season.
“I think the decision was so much more than dollars and cents,” said Ramsey. “It’s easy to look at it in hindsight and say I got the decision right but really from the work I was doing in the community and the relationships I built with my teammates and everything else – that’s what made the decision easy for me.”
As a senior, Ramsey led the Seminoles to another College World Series and earned even more accolades. He was named American Baseball Coaches Association Co-Player of the Year, ACC Player of the Year, and First Team All-American.
“I felt like I had unfinished business at Florida State,” said Ramsey. “I went back and finished everything and really have no regrets especially where I am now.”
The St. Louis Cardinals made Ramsey the 22nd overall pick in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft and assigned him to the Palm Street Cardinals of the Class-A Advanced Florida State League, where he hit .229 with one home run and 14 RBIs in 56 games.
Ramsey opened the 2013 campaign with Palm Springs and hit .361 in 18 games. The Cards rewarded him with a promotion to Double-A Springfield, where he hit .251 with 15 home runs and 44 RBIs in 93 games.
Ramsey started 2014 with Springfield and was selected to play in the 2014 All-Star Futures Game at Target Field on July 13 alongside Indians top prospect Francisco Lindor. In 67 games with Springfield, Ramsey was hitting .300 with 13 home runs and 36 RBIs. Less than two weeks after playing in the Futures Game, he was traded to Cleveland and assigned to Columbus, who sits atop the IL West Division with a 74-62 record.
“I haven’t been to the playoffs yet,” said Ramsey. “I played with some good teams in the minor leagues in my two seasons. It’s been a short minor league career so far but I’m really looking forward to playing in the playoffs. I think my game play is the best just trying to do situational things – hit, get guys over, see pitches, see who’s batting behind me. I think there’s a lot I can add to the table for a team trying to win a championship.”
While Ramsey hasn’t been to the playoffs, he’s spent a lot of time around members of the Cardinals 2011 World Series team in spring training.
“Being in spring training the last few years with them you’re around a lot of guys who play the game the right way,” said Ramsey. “The Indians have a great young core nucleus of guys so I’m really excited to be part of that team soon enough.”
How is Ramsey preparing to contribute at the next level soon?
“Just continuing to polish everything,” said Ramsey. “I’ve had such a good year and really just continuing to build on me as a player, polish everything that needs polished off and feel that I can help the big league team sooner than later so really just being consistent every day.”
With the September 1 roster expansion looming, Ramsey could get his crack at the big leagues any day now. But today, he’s trying to help the Clippers win a championship.