November 25, 2015 – James Ramsey, outfielder in the Cleveland Indians’ organization, and Spencer Kieboom, catcher in the Washington Nationals’ organization, were added to their respective teams’ 40-man rosters ahead of the Rule 5 Draft.
Ramsey, a native of Norcross, was drafted 23rd overall by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2012 MLB Draft. Ramsey worked his way up to AA as an All-star in the Cardinals’ organization and was selected to play in the 2014 All-Star Futures Game at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn. Ramsey was traded to the Cleveland Indians in July of 2014 and spent the 2015 season in AAA Columbus where he hit 21 doubles and 12 home runs in 126 games.
Ramsey played college ball at Florida State University from 2009-2012. He was a three-year starter for the Seminoles and helped the team advance to the College World Series in 2010 and 2012. Ramsey was named team captain in 2012 and was named ABCA National Player of the Year, consensus first-team All-American and ACC Player of the Year, finishing the season ranked in the top 10 in the league in 10 offensive categories. He was also the only player in the country to rank in the top 10 in on-base percentage, runs per game, runs and walks. He earned ACC Student-Athlete of the Year honors in 2011 and 2012 and was a candidate for the Rhodes Scholarship.
Ramsey attended Wesleyan High School where he was a four-sport athlete, earning letters in baseball, football, basketball and tennis. In 2007, Ramsey led all Gwinnett County hitters in batting average (.468) and slugging percentage (.883) to help Wesleyan to the 6-AA championship. As a four-year starter, he recorded 26 career home runs and earned All-Region and All-County honors in 2007 and 2008.
Kieboom, a native of Marietta, was a fifth round draft pick of the Washington Nationals in 2012 and was touted as the “best defensive catcher in the draft” by Roy Clark, then assistant general manager of the Nationals. He spent 2015 in High-A Potomac where he was named to the Carolina League All-Star team. This was his second consecutive all-star nod as he was named to the South Atlantic League team in 2014.
Kieboom played college ball at Clemson University from 2010-2012. He began his college career as a reserve player before developing into an everyday starter in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. He played in 111 games over the next two seasons, totaling 99 hits, 17 doubles and four home runs.
Kieboom attended Walton High School and was named to the 2009 Louisville Slugger All-American team as an honorable mention. A two-time All-State pick as a junior and senior, he was ranked as the #42 high school prospect in the state of Georgia by Perfect Game. Kieboom, a four-time letterman, was a member of the Raiders team that won the state championship in 2007, and set school records for most doubles and RBIs in a single season in 2009.