Since joining the Marlins this week, I am sure that life has been a whirlwind for Matt Ramsey. New team, new coaches, new city, everything is just new. Yet he was still willing to take the time to answer some questions for us so that we can get to know the young right-hander better. Earlier in the week, I discussed my opinion of the trade and what Ramsey brings to the table here. Now you can here straight from him what he is thinking.
MM: How surprised were you when you found out that you had been traded to the Marlins?
I was extremely surprised and caught off guard I thought my manager was joking with me at first.
MM: Since being drafted in 2011 you have put up some solid stats in your minor league career. What has been the biggest adjustment from UT to professional baseball?
The biggest adjustment so far has been the amount of games we play in a season and the travel. Getting used to how different managers are since you probably won’t have the same ones every season.
MM: What type of pitcher do you see yourself as? / What type of pitches do you throw?
I see myself kind of as a short reliever. I throw a fastball, curveball, slider, and splitter
MM: Lets go back a few years. At what age did you think you were going to play baseball professionally?
I would say around the age of 10-12 was when I really thought baseball was what I wanted to pursue as a career. I’ve always loved the game and wanted to play for a long time.
MM: What coach/parental figure would you credit with helping you get to where you are today?
My high school coach Tommy Pharr influenced me a lot and played a huge role in my development as a player and becoming a man.
MM: Back to the present, Do you have any connections already in the Marlins organization to ease the transition? (former player, coach, etc)
I had played against Austin Nola in college and played summer ball in Cape Cod on the same team. There are also a couple guys I played with at Tennessee and also in high school so that helps.
MM: What is the hardest part about being traded to a new team?
The hardest part by far is getting used to a whole new system and how another organization works because all I have known is how to do things the “Ray Way” and now I am learning about a different organization.
MM: Anything else that you want to let the fans know about yourself?
I am looking forward to the progression of my career with the Marlins and can’t wait to see where it leads.
Again, we want to thank Matt for allowing us to get to know him. I am hopeful that he takes some of the things that he learned from the “Ray Way” and implements them here in Miami. That organization has been run extremely well for a while now and hopefully some of that will rub off on us. I look forward to seeing Matt in the big leagues soon!