RAMSEY, MATT

Position: Pitcher

DOB: September 24, 1989

Height: 5’11” / Weight: 205

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Rule 5 Draft (December 8, 2016)

Profile: Selected in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 Draft in 2016, Ramsey was originally drafted out of high school by the Cleveland Indians in the 46th round in 2008.  He opted to head to college at the University of Tennessee and was chosen again by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 19th round three seasons later.  Despite undergoing Tommy John surgery, Ramsey signed with the Rays and began his pro career in the Gulf Coast League in 2012 and worked his way up to Double-A Montgomery by 2014.  He was traded from the Rays to the Marlins in 2014 in exchange for international bonus slot money, but missed all of 2015 with a back injury.  He returned to action in 2016, but logged just 22.2 innings, missing time with a right elbow strain.  The Brewers selected Ramsey in the Rule 5 Draft in December of 2016 and he spent the majority of the 2017 season at Double-A Biloxi, mixing in a brief stint with Triple-A Colorado Springs.  With a fastball that sits in the mid-90’s and a plus breaking ball, Ramsey has had success in the closer’s role in the past and his power arsenal makes him a valuable late inning option out of the bullpen.

2012:  After undergoing Tommy John surgery a season earlier, Ramsey returned to the mound, making 11 appearances for the Gulf Coast League Rays, five of which came as a starter.  He went 2-1 with a 1.98 earned run average, allowing three earned runs over 13.2 innings of work.

2013:  Ramsey saw time at two different levels in 2013, pitching for both Low-A Bowling Green and High-A Charlotte.  Working strictly as a reliever, Ramsey appeared in a total of 32 games combined between the two levels and finished the season with an ERA of 2.84 to go along with six saves.

2014:  Tampa continued their aggressive promotion of Ramsey, sending him to Double-A Montgomery to start the 2014 season.  In 24 outings, he went 3-0 with a 1.07 ERA converting on all six of his save chances.  The Marlins came calling in July, sending some of their international signing money to the Rays in exchange for Montgomery. He played in 20 more games for Double-A Jacksonville, saving eight games and finishing with an ERA of 1.95.

2015:  After being added to the Marlins 40-man roster in the offseason, Ramsey developed a back injury early on in 2015.  He was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans and placed on the disabled list there.  The injury lingered all season long and Ramsey wound up missing the entire 2015 season.

2016:  The injury bug continued to bite Ramsey as a right elbow injury sidelined him for a good chunk of the 2016 season as well.  He wound up making 16 relief appearances at three different levels and went a combined 1-1 with a 1.99 ERA in 22.2 innings of work.

2017:  Selected by the Brewers in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 Draft in 2017, Ramsey was assigned to Double-A Biloxi and went on to take over the closer’s role there.  In 48 appearances for the Shuckers, Ramsey went 3-3 with a 3.65 ERA, saving 27 games and earning a spot on the Southern League All-Star team.  He also got a brief taste of Triple-A, making five appearances for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.