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2021 South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 72: Lane Ramsey

Ramsey is poised for a leap to Winston-Salem, and perhaps Birmingham, in 2021

No. 100 prospect Corey Zangari manages to squeeze into the frame otherwise dominated by No. 98 prospect, Lane Ramsey.
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Lane Ramsey

Right-Handed Relief Pitcher
245 pounds
Age: 24
SSS rank among all right-handed relief pitchers in the system: 10
2020 SSHP Top Prospect ranking: 99

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 in Kannapolis, Ramsey fared far better in everything but the walk department. 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 in 2018 credited Ramsey with a peak 95 mph fastball. Opponents hit grounders at a 53% rate against him in 2019, which should hold him in good stead for Winston-Salem in 2021.