James Ramsey, OF, Florida State

Class: Senior
Hometown: Alpharetta, Georgia
Height/Weight: 6-0/190
Born: December 19, 1989

The rare college senior, Ramsey is setting fire to the FSU record books in his final season with the Seminoles, and along the way he’s trying to convince scouts and critics alike that he’s more than just a college phenomenon.

Despite an incredible successful high-school career, during which he set numerous school records at Wesleyan High and led the squad to a state title, Ramsey went undrafted. He saw sporadic playing time his freshman year at FSU, before forcing his way into the lineup as a sophomore. That season he led the Noles with 63 RBI and hit cleanup for the majority of the campaign. He really blossomed as a junior, finding his footing and setting a career mark with a .364 average, nearly 90 points higher than his career number. He upped his home run total, from nine to ten, and continued to be the team’s best run-producer, driving in 67.

Ramsey’s stellar run continued in the Cape Cod League in the summer of 2011. He slugged six homers in regular season play and added another three in the playoffs. He also hit .314 against some of the top competition in the college ranks. After getting some time off, he decided to spurn an offer from the Twins, who drafted him in the 22nd-round last June, and return to Tallahassee for his senior season.

This year, Ramsey has been playing at a level not seen at FSU since the great Buster Posey. He’s hitting .380 with seven doubles, four triples and a team-leading nine homers. He’s already driven in 33 runs and has nearly as many walks (30), boosting his on-base percentage to a robust .500.

Not exactly an agile defender, Ramsey has maintained a perfect fielding percentage in right-field, where he’ll likely remain as a professional.

Thanks to his incredible torrid start, there’s no way Ramsey will slide past where he was drafted last year, and although his ceiling is capped due to limited defensive skills, he’d still be an excellent addition, and one day down the road, maybe a solid fourth outfielder.

 

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