Ramsey, who suffered a season-ending arm injury pitching for Tennessee on April 9, signed with the Rays last Saturday and will have Tommy John surgery on his right elbow Friday.
"Especially now with the technology and everything, this surgery, the success rate on it is really high, and especially with Dr. Andrews doing it," Ramsey said. "He bangs out seven or eight of these surgeries a day, and people travel from all around the world to come to him just to get this surgery, so that's definitely something that's reassuring, the fact that my baseball career will be on the right track here in about a year or so."
Ramsey, who played outfield, catcher, and pitched for Tennessee, said the Rays signed him as a pitcher. "I like catching, outfield, pitching, pretty much all the same, but I've been pitching my whole life, a lot longer than I have been playing any other position," Ramsey said. "It doesn't really matter to me (what position). I'm just happy to be able to do whatever."
Ramsey, whose fastball has been clocked in the low 90s, was injured in the second inning of a 2-1 loss to South Carolina at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
Here is what Kevin posted about Ramsey when he was drafted in June:
Matt Ramsey, RHP, University of Tennessee: Rated #15 in the state by BaseballAmerica: "Teammate Matt Ramsey has bigger stuff, yet hardly pitched this year thanks to his catching and outfield duties as well as a forearm strain. At 6 feet, 200 pounds, Ramsey has strength and a quick arm that allows him to pump his fastball up to 98 mph, sitting at 94-97 in relief stints. He throws two different breaking balls, including a hammer curveball that flashes plus potential. Ramsey has 81 innings of college pitching experience and will need to refine his rough delivery, which probably led to his forearm strain when Tennessee tried to make him a starter. He could be drafted in the first 10 rounds if he has a clean bill of health." Sounds like a good value if he's healthy and signable.