Feb. 15, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – As the 2012 college baseball season opens this Friday across the nation, Florida State senior captain James Ramsey was honored this week as a preseason All-American by three more publications.
The Alpharetta, Ga., native was named to ESPN.com’s All-America first team, while nabbing second team honors from both Baseball America and College Baseball Insider. Overall this preseason, Ramsey has garnered six different All-America honors.
After being drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 2011 MLB First Year Player Draft, Ramsey decided to return to Tallahassee for his senior season, a year after being named a third team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and leading the Seminoles in batting average, hits, home runs and RBI.
Ramsey started all 65 games in 2011 and hit .364 with 91 hits, 18 doubles, 10 home runs and 67 RBI. After starting the last two seasons in right field, the senior captain will open 2012 as the Seminoles starting centerfielder. Ramsey gained valuable experience in center field this past summer in the Cape Cod League with the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox. He hit .314 (33-for-105) in 30 games with five doubles, three triples, six home runs and 28 RBI and then capped the summer off as he was named MVP of the East team at the 2011 All-Star game.
Ramsey will also enter 2012 as the top rated senior draft prospect in the nation. Baseball America recently released its top 50 senior prospects with Ramsey leading the way among a very impressive class.
Travis Named Honorable Mention
Junior Devon Travis was named an honorable mention All-American at second base by College Baseball Insider. Travis is coming off a sophomore campaign in which he started 59 games at second base en route to earning first team All-ACC accolades. The Wellington, Fla., native hit a career best .329 with 76 hits, a team-high 26 doubles, six home runs and 33 RBI. Travis ranked eighth nationally in doubles and was among the national leaders in runs per game (0.97, 80th), runs (58, 52nd), double per game (0.43, 16th) and base on balls (45, 27th).
Florida State opens the 2012 campaign with a three-game home stand against the Hofstra Pride, February 17-19. First pitch on opening day is set for 4:00 p.m.