MINOR LEAGUE NOTES: Hamstring injury halts Ramsey's fast start

Wesleyan graduate James Ramsey got off to a fast start with the Palm Beach Cardinals, winning the Florida State League's first player of the week award.

Then things came to a screeching halt for the center fielder, who was taken by St. Louis with the No. 23 overall draft pick last June following an All-American season at Florida State.

Ramsey, who led the Seminoles to a fourth-place finish in the College World Series a year ago, landed on the disabled list after 16 games because of a strained hamstring.

The left-handed hitter was batting .357 from his leadoff spot and had a .486 on-base percentage thanks to 11 walks. The 23-year-old had seven extra-base hits as well and his slugging mark was .554.

Ramsey's stats were a major upgrade from 2012, when he hit a late wall after a long college season and everyday duty after he signed with St. Louis. He hit just .229 in 56 games for Class A Advanced Palm Beach.

Cone tears Achilles

Former Parkview and Georgia Bulldogs standout Zach Cone could miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn left Achilles tendon while playing for Myrtle Beach of the Class A Advanced Carolina League.

Cone, who was the 37th overall pick in the 2011 draft by Texas, had played in just seven games and was batting .308 for the Pelicans.

Baseball America ranked the 23-year-old as the Rangers' No. 24 prospect coming into the season.

Cone played for Hickory of the Class A South Atlantic League last year and hit .262 with 17 homers and 64 RBIs in 112 games.

McCray wins three in row

Left-hander Stephen McCray allowed just two runs for 17 innings while winning three straight starts for Class AA Birmingham.

The former Parkview standout was a 16th-round draft choice by the Chicago White Sox in 2010 and began his pro career pitching mostly in relief.

McCray was 3-1 with a 2.57 ERA for Birmingham and opponents were batting .198 against him.

The 25-year-old was 9-3 with a 3.30 ERA for Winston-Salem of the Class A Advanced Carolina League last season.

Blackmon on hitting tear

Former North Gwinnett and Georgia Tech standout Charlie Blackmon batting .383 in 17 games for Colorado Springs of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League.

Blackmon, 26, was 5-for-8 with two doubles, a triple and a home run in the first two games of a series at Tucson, driving in four runs. He had nine extra-base hits and 13 RBIs on the season.

Blackmon, a second-round draft pick in 2008, reached the majors with Colorado in 2011 and played in 42 games with the Rockies last season, batting .283.Heffley starts slowlyRoss Heffley hit .296 and led Rome's second-half turnaround last year after being drafted by Atlanta out of Western Carolina. But the Brookwood graduate is off to a slow start this season in the Class A Advanced Carolina League.

The second baseman was hitting .167 after 15 games for Lynchburg and had three-extra base hits and two RBIs.

Heffley, 23, had a .345 on-base percentage and scored 42 runs in 62 games for Rome in the Class A South Atlantic League last year.