At No. 23, Cards take OF James Ramsey

Jenifer Langosch/

About 20 minutes after selecting right-hander Michael Wacha (No. 19), the Cards added their second draftee of the night, taking James Ramsey, a Florida State University outfielder, with the 23rd overall pick. That selection was the one the Cardinals earned by virtue of their record in 2011.

This marked just the third time in the past 21 years that the Cardinals were able to pick twice in the first round. The last time the organization had a pair of first-round picks was in 2005, and they used those picks to take infielder Tyler Greene and outfielder Colby Rasmus.

Ramsey, a 22-year-old senior, was selected by the Twins in the 22nd round of the Draft last June, but did not sign. He is now on a Seminole team that is eyeing a trip to the College World Series later this month.

Through Tuesday, Ramsey had started 61 games and posted a .385 batting average. He has scored a team-best 72 runs and accumulated 11 doubles, six triples and 13 homers. Ramsey has driven in 55, while posting a .520 on-base percentage.

While Ramsey may be able to stay in center field as a professional, some Draft publications have projected that the 6-foot, 190-pound native of Alpharetta, Ga., might end up at second base.

The left-handed hitting Ramsey was named to the All-ACC First Team in 2011, a year in which he led the conference in total bases and ranked second with a .364 batting average.

The Cardinals now have three selections – 36th, 52nd and 59th – to make in the compensation round.

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1 Comment

Everybody is eying the College World Series!!! What kind of Statement is that?

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