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James Ramsey = The Next Skip Schumaker?

In 2012, when we chose James Ramsey as one of our two first-round draft picks, I remember the MLB Network saying that the current MLB player they projected him most to turn out like was Skip Schumaker. I remember everyone not being very happy about it. Many felt that he did not deserve to be picked in the first round.

I saw an article today on the Cardinals' MLB site written by Bernie Pleskoff; it was actually posted yesterday, and I wouldn't be shocked if it's already been discussed in comment threads since; I haven't had the chance to go through any comments from yesterday. If this has already been discussed, forgive the fanpost: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/stl/bernie-pleskoff-james-ramsey-latest-in-long-line-of-cardinals-quality-outfield-prospects?ymd=20140107&content_id=66354936&vkey=news_stl

The article points out something that we have discussed before on here, which is the sudden surplus of outfield depth at the AAA level. Taveras, Piscotty, Pham, Ramsey, O'Neill, Grichuk, etc. make for a crowded outfield in Memphis. Therefore, Pleskoff suggests that Ramsey expand his role on the team to learn another position: second base. If that were to happen, it would mean the prophecy of Ramsey being the next Skip Schumaker would come full circle, right?

I am curious as to everyone's opinion of James Ramsey today. Last year, across three levels, he hit .265. They say he projects to be a leadoff type hitter, but shouldn't he be hitting .300 if that were the case? He does have little pop in his bat and seems to have decent speed. I also gather he's good defensively. He's in our top 10 prospects, but I can't help but wonder if that first-round draft pick pedigree artificially inflates his prospect rankings.

My question is, do you think the MLB Network's Skip Schumaker comparison will prove to ring true with Ramsey? Do you think we should have drafted him so high?

I also want to point out that the MLB Network that same day projected Michael Wacha to compare to Jon Garland.

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