Prospects On Deck: OF Caleb Ramsey – Nationals
As the Washington Nationals are leading the National League East by two games over the New York Mets, players on the farm are vying for their opportunity to reach the big club and help with the playoff push. One of those players is outfielder Caleb Ramsey.
Ramsey, 27 years old, was drafted by the Nationals in the 11th round of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft out of the University of Houston.
The Texas native started his pro-career in the New York-Penn League with the Auburn Doubledays (Class-A Short Season), and batted .280, with 11 doubles, a home run and 26 RBIs in 64 games.
In 2012, he was placed on the organizations Class-A Full Season squad, the Hagerstown Suns, and in 127 games he batted .294, with 17 doubles, 10 triples, seven home runs and 66 RBIs.
For the next two seasons, he continued to rise through the organization making a stop in 2013 with the Nationals Class-A Advanced affiliate, the Potomac Nationals and batted .290, with 20 doubles, four triples, six home runs and 59 RBI’s, and with the Double-A Harrisburg Senators in 2014, hitting .245, with 16 doubles, two triples, a home run, and 43 RBI’s.
In 2015, Ramsey played 33 games in Double-A batting .309, and 95 games with Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs and batted .279, with four doubles, four triples, a home run and 26 RBIs.
This past season he started on a hot streak with a 10 game hitting streak, batting .470 (16 for 34) in that span. Then after an 0 for 17 slump, from late April into early May, he ended the month bating .330 (29 for 88), with 10 doubles, nine RBIs and 11 walks.
So far he has hit safely in four of his first five games in June, with a triple and two RBIs.
Ramsey isn’t considered a top prospect by the Nationals, nor is he on their 40-man roster, but in his minor league career he has put up solid numbers, enough to warrant some consideration when it comes to making his major league debut.
With continued success this season, he could earn a call-up when rosters expand in September, which be a great reward for his hard work and continued rise through the organization.