James Ramsey committing to Florida State just made sense.
As the son of two Florida State athletes, including a father who was the captain of the Seminoles’ 1980 College World Series team for legendary head coach Mike Martin, no one would’ve batted an eye if Ramsey had committed the second Martin called.
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In what would be a theme throughout his career, Ramsey didn’t take the decision lightly and didn’t give Martin an easy recruiting win.
“It was an interesting recruitment, my dad kind of took himself out of it,” said Ramsey. “I really left it wide open—I went to a camp at Vanderbilt (…) the calls from Florida State magically kind of ramped up when those other schools came calling.”
An excellent student, Ramsey kept all options open, visiting Yale in addition to Vanderbilt and Florida State, among others. Eventually, though, Ramsey realized his heart was in Tallahassee.
“Ultimately, for me, it was the same thing my junior year too, when you look at a 5,8, 10 year old kid (…) they do have dreams, and one of mine was always to make a huge impact at Florida State,” said Ramsey. “I think wanting not to just play there, but leave a legacy behind, and kind of be part of something special was always something from a young age—my parents never force-fed Florida State fandom on me, but I always loved everything about it.”
Ramsey spent most of his 2009 freshman year playing as a defensive replacement or pinch hitter but started every FSU game as a sophomore, playing right field for the College World Series-bound Noles.
During his junior season, Ramsey went to work on building the FSU legacy he’d dreamed of as a child. He again started every game and led the team in seven offensive categories, including batting average (.364) and slugging percentage (.580), en route to being named a Baseball America 3rd team All-American. Lauded by both professional scouts and head coach Martin as an incredible leader, Ramsey spearheaded another postseason run for the nationally ranked ‘Noles.
After a tough Game 3 Super Regional loss to Texas A&M, Ramsey was torn on his upcoming decision to possibly leave his dream school a year early. He turned down several early-round under-slot deals before being selected by the Twins in the 22nd round of the 2011 draft.
Ramsey headed to the Cape Cod League, but Minnesota wasn’t intent on letting him go back to school without a fight—especially after he homered and was named MVP of the Cape…