I think they need to challenge Ramsey with a Columbus assignment...might play alongside his FSU teammate in Tyler Holt. Stock goes up for Ramsey if he proves he can play right. He's a surer bet than Moncrief.
Ramsey drew Tim Tebow comparisons at Florida State, where he stood out as a star athlete with obvious leadership skills and a strong Christian faith. The Rhodes Scholar nominee turned down second-round money from the Twins as a 22nd-round pick in 2011, then he went 23rd overall as a senior the following June, signing for $1.6 million with the Cardinals.
Coming out of college, Ramsey projected as a solid hitter, but there were mixed opinions on how much power he would have. In his first full pro season, Ramsey hit for less average (.265) and more home run power (16) than might have been expected, while spending most of the year in Double-A. He's doing a better job of finding a happy medium in Triple-A this season.
Ramsey draws a healthy amount of walks and has plus speed, though he's not a big baserunning threat. He puts his wheels to good use in center field, and he also has enough arm strength to handle right field.
"Scouts see Ramsey as much the same player he was last year, with average to above-average tools but no true plus tool. He's an above-average runner who might be able to stick in center field, though some scouts question his instincts and doubt he could stick there in a larger home park. He has an average, accurate arm sufficient for right field. Ramsey has average power but may not have corner power. He's a safe bet to be a big leaguer, with scouts split on just how much impact he'll have. He has yet to play the infield, but another club might want to follow the Twins' lead and try him at second in a Jason Kipnis redux."
If Ramsey batted RH, I'd be thrilled with the return. I worry, however, he joins a logjam at the left side of the plate. Not a bad return for the current shape of Masterson with no guarantee he will return to be the Masterson of 2013.
BA #8 MLB.com unranked Bleacher Report #6 "projects as 4th OF" Fangraphs #7
The Scouting Report: Ramsey has off-the-charts makeup. He’s also an above-average center-fielder but is far from flashy. At the plate, he strikes out too much but shows a patient approach that helps boost his on-base percentage. Ramsey has good speed but isn’t much of a base stealer and his double-digit homer total in 2013 was a bit of a surprise.
The Year Ahead: Ramsey is probably ticketed to open the year in Triple-A. He has a few outfielders ahead of him on the depth chart but he has a shot at making his MLB debut perhaps in the second half of the year.
The Career Outlook: Ramsey has the tools to develop into an average big league outfielder who will have an additional impact to the team based on his leadership abilities.
Ramsey is probably the most improved prospect on this list for me and I may have him rated higher than others, but I feel like he could be a difference maker in center field. Ramsey, who will turn 24 in December, is not a young buck. If he can cut down on is strikeouts, I feel like he could be the Cards everyday center-fielder for a long time.