Interview: Cards OF prospect James Ramsey

The 23rd overall selection in the 2012 draft was challenged at A-Advanced Palm Beach. James Ramsey discusses his season and the future in this exclusive interview.

Outfielder James Ramsey of Florida State was the St. Louis Cardinals top position prospect taken in the 2012 draft at 23rd overall. With considerable talent, but also a reasonable bonus expectation as a senior, Ramsey provided the Cards with financial flexibility to also sign top picks Michael Wacha and Carson Kelly, among others.

The 22-year-old was challenged in his placement into the Cardinals system. His initial assignment was the highest in the organization of any 2012 Cards draftee – A-Advanced Palm Beach. After a good start, Ramsey's offensive performance dropped off for the remainder of the Florida State League season.

Always a hustler and a leader among his teammates, Ramsey continued to play strong defense in centerfield. He carried over his confident enthusiasm to the fall instructional league camp in Jupiter, Florida. That is where we spoke about his 2012 and his expectations for 2013 and beyond.


Links to earlier interviews in this series:
Cardinals minor league pitching coordinator Brent Strom
Cardinals minor league hitting coordinator Derrick May
Cardinals New York-Penn League manager Dann Bilardello
Cardinals international director Moises Rodriguez
Springfield manager Mike Shildt
Johnson City manager Oliver Marmol
Cardinals third base prospect Patrick Wisdom
Cardinals outfield prospect Charlie Tilson

What's coming next? The final exclusive interviews to conclude this series will be with Carson Kelly and Steve Bean.

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