South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect 85: Lane Ramsey

Tall drink: Ramsey is poised for a big leap to Winston-Salem, and perhaps Birmingham, in 2020. (Tiffany Wintz/South Side Hit Pen)


Lane Ramsey
Right-Handed Relief Pitcher
6´9´´
245 pounds
Age: 23
SSHP rank among all right-handed relief pitchers in the system: 14 

After transferring from Division II Newman University, Lane Ramsey spent the final two years of his college career with the University of Oklahoma. Yes, that’s correct. He transferred from Newman to Norman. While his final season with the Sooners wasn’t anything to write about, it was still Ramsey’s best (even including his year with Newman). In 2018 for the Sooners in 14 outings (three starts), Ramsey compiled a 5.24 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in 22 innings by allowing 22 hits (.253 OBA) and 14 walks (13.2%) while striking out 18 (17.0%). The White Sox, liking his fastball and size, selected him in the 23rd round of that year’s MLB draft.

Despite throwing more strikes, Ramsey got roughed up a bit in the higher air of Great Falls (5.77 ERA, 1.61 WHIP, .316 OBA, 5.3 BB% and 16.9 K%) in 2018. In 2019, Ramsey fared far better in everything but the walk department, for Kannapolis. In 31 relief appearances totaling 52 ⅓ innings, he posted a 2.75 ERA and 1.18 WHIP by surrendering 42 hits (.215 OBA) and 20 walks (8.8%) while fanning 44 (19.3%). Ramsey was especially tough against righties (.153 OBA), but lefties hit him at a .298 clip. With his size and delivery, Ramsey may simply be more difficult to pick up by righties. Baseball Draft last year credited Ramsey with a peak 95 mph fastball. Opponents hit grounders at a 53% rate against him this year, which should hold him in good stead for Winston-Salem in 2020.

 

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Despite my entire family being Cub fans, I grew up listening to Harry Caray and Jimmy Piersall on the radio as I listened to the entire season of the South Side Hit Men of '77. While it's true I have a myriad of other interests (American history, classic literature, classic rock, classic country, blues, jazz, gardening, family,etc.--not all in that order), few things aside from family surpass my interest in all things baseball--especially the White Sox.

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Daniel Victor
Daniel Victor
4 months ago

Lane Ramsey’s fastball

Daniel Victor
Daniel Victor
4 months ago

Lane Ramsey frequently touched 97 with his fastball last year. He also switched from throwing a two-seamer to a four seamer after they shared some analytics with him. His fastball also likely plays up given his long stride towards home plate, his massive wingspan and his downhill plane. I expect huge things from him in 2020 and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if he finds his way into some triple digit readings on the gun.