Though his team came up short in its quest to make the finals of the College World Series, James Ramsey, grandson of Fairfield County natives Billy and Ramsey continues to earn postseason accolades.
Just days after being named a consensus All-American, Florida State’s James Ramsey can now add Player of the Year to his list.
The Seminole senior captain was named national co-player of the year by the America Baseball Coaches Association and Rawlings.
Ramsey, who shares the award with Stony Brook’s Travis Jankowski, is the third Seminole Baseball player to be recognized as the ABCA’s Player of the Year. He joins Buster Posey (2008) and J.D. Drew (1997).
The Alpharetta, Ga., native was named a first team All-American in 2012 by the ABCA, Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA to become the ninth consensus All-American in school history and the first since Posey in 2008.
Ramsey finished the season ranked in the top 10 in the ACC in 10 offensive categories while leading in batting average (.378), runs scored (78), total bases (152), on-base percentage (.513) and slugging percentage (.652).
He was the only player in the country to rank in the top 10 in on-base percentage, runs per game, runs and walks.
A semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and Golden Spikes Award, Ramsey concluded his senior season hitting a career-best .378 with 13 doubles, six triples and 13 home runs.
He started all 67 games in center field for the Seminoles in 2012 and posted a .994 fielding percentage in 160 chances.
Ramsey was named an All-ACC first team honoree for the second year in a row and became the fifth Seminole in school history to garner ACC Player of the Year accolades in 2012.
He became the first Seminole in all sports to win the prestigious Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. The award, chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I baseball head coaches, national media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in NCAA Division I baseball.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
“As far as amateur athletics is concerned, there is always something more than what you are doing between the lines and that is something that I have always tried to pride myself on,” Ramsey said.“Coming back for my senior year was more than a baseball decision. When you throw in the things off the field, it is a tremendous honor to be recognized as the most outstanding senior on and off the field. I feel extremely blessed just to have had the opportunity to work with so many great people in the city of Tallahassee as well as throughout the country. All I have been trying to do during my time as a student-athlete is to be a good steward of what I have been given, to make sure that I am able to give back because one day all the memories will fade but the impact you are able to have on other people is what will hopefully last forever.”
The 2012 Capital One Baseball Academic Player of the Year and two-time first-team Academic All-American, Ramsey graduated magna cum laude this past April with a B.S. degree in Finance.
He is a three-time recipient of the Golden Torch, which is awarded to the student-athlete with the highest GPA on each of FSU’s athletic teams. Ramsey earned dean’s list honors at FSU six times and was named to the president’s list on three occasions.
He was also honored as the ACC Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row.
Ramsey has been president of the school’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council for two years and is a three-year member of the conference’s SAAC.
He has logged more than 100 hours of community service in four years and serves as a mentor to two young children who are suffering from life-altering illnesses.
In addition, he and former Florida State football player Christian Ponder formed the Red Cross ‘Noles, helping make the school one of the most disaster-prepared universities in the nation.
“What this award represents is what James Ramsey is all about - a true leader, a caring individual, a man that truly makes those around him better,” head coach Mike Martin said. “Many people talk the talk, but very few walk the walk. James Ramsey is a complete student-athlete and a great American.”