Tonka superstar finds old Kentucky home

Sports Editor

After originally committing to play college baseball at Oregon, Minnetonka High graduate Jimmy Ramsey has chosen Kentucky University as his new home.

Jimmy Ramsey of Minnetonka hits an opposite-field double for the Metro West team during the Play Ball Minnesota All-Star Series at Chaska Athletic Park. (Sun Sailor photo by John Sherman)

Ramsey is happy to be going to the SEC [Southeastern Conference], which is considered the best collegiate baseball conference in the country by most experts.

“I wanted to play in the SEC,” said Ramsey. “I visited Kentucky when I was a freshman in high school, and I was impressed. Now the university has a new stadium that will be ready next season.”

Ramsey’s overall impression of changing lanes late in the recruiting game? “Kentucky is a better fit for me.”

Although Minnetonka High has produced Major League players in the past, notably Joe Comer and Jim Brower, who were both pitchers, Ramsey might be the best two-way prospect the Skipper program has produced.

Looking at the numbers from his senior year, it is difficult to imagine a player with better numbers.

He batted .556 with eight home runs on the offensive side. On the mound, he posted a 4-1 record with an earned run average of 1.20. Naturally, he was named first-team All-State along with Skipper teammates Gus Steiger and Sam Thoresen, who have also accepted Division I scholarship offers. Steiger, a second baseman, is headed for South Dakota State University, while Thoresen, a pitcher, will stay home with the University of Minnesota program. Another Skipper headed to the Division I level is pitcher Nate Shoemaker, who accepted an offer to pitch for Creighton University in Omaha.

Ramsey said he is working our locally this summer.

“I will leave for Kentucky sometime in August,” he said.

In addition to leading Minnetonka High to a 19-7 record this spring, Ramsey proved himself at the all-star level.

During the Play Ball Minnesota All-Star Series in Chaska, he led the Metro West to the championship of the six-team tournament. Ramsey had a number of key hits and also was the winning pitcher in the championship game, a 6-1 decision over Minnesota South.

Ramsey said one of the greatest honors he has had in his baseball career was being able to play for Minnetonka High coach Paul Twenge.

“Paul Twenge is a great coach and a great guy,” he said. “I’ve learned a lot about baseball from him.”

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