BRISTOL - After suffering a broken finger before his sophomore baseball season at the University of Hartford, Bristol Blues catcher Bryce Ramsay opted to redshirt in order to retain his three years of eligibility that remained.
This summer with Bristol is Ramsay’s opportunity to make up for missed time and so far he’s taken advantage of it.
In 11 plate appearances, Ramsay has shown the ability to hit with a .364 batting average. He’s also shown good plate discipline, with four walks.
“This summer is big. It’s a replacement for my spring season with not being able to get out there and play with the guys,” Ramsay said. “Getting the reps in to get back where I need to be to go back in the fall and compete with my team back at school to hopefully win another championship is what I’m looking to get done this summer.”
His offensive production has been a bright spot for the Blues, since his bat isn’t the tool that’s gotten him to this point.
Ramsay’s first year at Hartford was a struggle offensively, as he hit .115 on the year after being thrown into the mix midway through the season following starting catcher Erik Ostberg’s season-ending knee injury.
While improving his production at the plate is Ramsay’s goal over the summer, his defensive ability will be beneficial to Bristol’s playoff run.
“When we were calling to find a catcher, his coaches had mentioned that he was very solid defensively and he handles the pitching staff extremely well,” Bristol manager Ronnie Palmer said. “Offensively, they wanted to see him progress more and he’s always doing things during batting practice and in the cages to really try to hone his offensive skill set, so when he goes back to school this fall he’s improved that area of his game.”
In order for Ramsay to reach another level on a baseball diamond, he knows that he must be challenged offensively. Playing in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League will give him that chance with the widespread age group, ranging from high school graduates to recent college graduates. The players come from a variety of different levels of baseball.
Ramsay’s four hits have come against four different pitchers: two Division I pitchers from Hartford and Florida Gulf Coast University (Drew Farkas, Sebastian Gruszecki) and a pair of Division III arms from Clark University and Bates College (Dan Shaw, Nolan Collins).
His performance since he’s joined Bristol has opened eyes and Ramsay will look to continue to improve at the plate when given the opportunity to do so.
“Bryce has been a welcome addition for us,” Palmer said. “He joined us late, but when he’s behind the plate he’s done a solid job both offensively and defensively. He’ll probably start to see a few more innings over the remainder of the summer for us.”