Ramsey with more power in first full season

Springfield outfielder James Ramsey is in the Texas League's top 20 in many offensive categories.

Until the rapid acceleration of top pick Michael Wacha to the major leagues, outfielder James Ramsey was the highest-placed prospect in the St. Louis Cardinals' 2012 draft class.

Though the 23-year-old was initially returned to A-Advanced Palm Beach to open 2013, he was the first Florida State League Player of the Week. Ramsey was reportedly in his final game with Palm Beach on April 20, but instead of moving up to Springfield, he suffered a hamstring injury that sent him to the disabled list.

After a pair of tune-up games with Palm Beach after coming off the DL, Ramsey did receive that promotion on May 5th. Now having played 89 Double-A games, despite a .254 batting average, the left-handed hitter is the top 20 in the Texas League in home runs (15), walks (50), on-base percentage (.355), slugging (.431) and OPS (.786).

In the following interview, exclusively for subscribers to The Cardinal Nation, the 23rd overall selection in the 2012 draft speaks about his adjustments and improvements in his 14 months as a professional.


Coming soon

This concludes the current Springfield interview series. Exclusive interviews with St. Louis pitchers Kevin Siegrist and Seth Maness will follow, as will an in-depth review of hitting across the system with Cardinals minor league hitting coordinator Derrick May.

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