James Ramsey entered the 2015 season as one of the most interesting prospects in the Indians organization. After being acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals for Justin Masterson in July 2014, many thought Ramsey had a decent chance to play himself into a late summer callup to the Indians in 2015 and possibly a starting outfield spot in the 2016 lineup. Unfortunately for all involved, Ramsey's year was pretty much a disappointment all around and his stock has taken a significant hit.
The 25-year-old was a first round draft pick for Cardinals in 2012 and put up solid numbers right away in the minors. Ramsey posted a 123 wRC+ in 2013, his first professional season, and followed that in 2014 with an impressive .300/.389/.527 line in Double-A that included 16 home runs and a 161 wRC+.
Ramsey's 2015 season was entirely spent with in Columbus with the Indians Triple-A club. His season got off to a hot start, with four hits and a home run in his first nine at-bats. Things quickly turned cold for Ramsey however, as he finished April hitting just .211 in 64 at-bats.
May brought more promise, with Ramsey bashing five home runs and driving in 16 runs. June was a nosedive kind of month though, with the outfielder posting just three extra base hits ALL MONTH LONG (86 at-bats). Ramsey had some strong games here and there in July and August, but struggled for the most part, and didn't hit a home run over the last 31 games of the Clippers season.
Ramsey finished with a slash line of.243/.327/.382 and a wRC+ of 107. While those numbers aren't horrid, they aren't nearly good enough for a soon to be 26 year old AAA outfielder with little speed. Ramsey is solid defensively and played all three outfield spots in 2015 for Columbus, committing just two errors in 227 chances. Scouting reports note Ramsey has decent range, but is probably not a full-time option in center field for a Major League team.
After his struggles in 2015, it looks more and more likely that Ramsey's ceiling is as fourth outfielder in the bigs. With players like Bradley Zimmer, Clint Frazier, and Tyler Naquin ahead of him in the outfield prospect depth chart, the time is now for Ramsey to rebound and get back to being an offensive force at the plate.