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Olson, Ramsey make splash in pro debuts

Former Wesleyan and Florida State standout James Ramsey had three hits including a double, and stole a base in his first minor league game.

That didn't quite match Matt Olson's debut, though.

The Parkview graduate had four hits, including two doubles and a homer, while driving in four runs in his first game as a professional.

Olson didn't cool down, either.

The 18-year-old first baseman homered in his second and fifth games as well for Oakland's rookie team in the Arizona League and was batting .351 with seven extra-base hits and 11 RBIs in nine games through Friday.

Ramsey was the 23rd pick in the June draft by St. Louis after an All-American senior season at FSU, while Olson was picked No. 47th overall by the Athletics after taking All-American honors at the high school level.

A supplemental first-round pick, Olson received a bonus of $1,079,700 from Oakland to forsake a scholarship to Vanderbilt.

The left-handed hitter helped lead Parkview to back-to-back Class AAAAA state titles and was the Gwinnett Daily Post player of the year this season after sharing the honor as a junior. He hit .407 with 11 homers and 52 RBIs while also going 12-1 as a pitcher.

Parkview was named team of the year by Baseball America and Olson was a first-team All-American pick.

Ramsey, 22, was drafted by Minnesota in 2011, but not until the 22nd round. He returned to FSU for his senior season and led the Seminoles to the College World Series while hitting .378 with 13 homers and 58 RBIs in 67 games and being named ACC player of the year.

Ramsey signed with the Cardinals for a bonus of $1.6 million the Friday after the College World Series and made his debut in the Class A Advanced Florida State League on Monday, getting hits in his first three at-bats with more than a dozen family members and friends in attendance at Jupiter's Roger Dean Stadium.

Moved from second base to the outfield at FSU, Ramsey is playing center field for Palm Beach. After his three-hit debut, the left-handed hitter was 0-for-12 in his next three games before going 1-for-3 with an RBI on Friday.

In the Florida State League, Ramsey could face former Wesleyan teammate Grayson Garvin. Taken by Tampa Bay as a supplemental first-round pick in 2011 after his junior season at Vanderbilt, the left-hander pitches for Charlotte.

Ramsey, whose father also captained FSU to a College World Series berth, hit .468 as a senior at Wesleyan as the Wolves won the Class AA state title.