CLEVELAND -- Leading up to Thursday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, manager Terry Francona emphasized the organization's desire to acquire young, controllable talent. The Tribe did just that on Wednesday when it picked up the outfield prospect James Ramsey from the Cardinals in exchange for right-hander Justin Masterson.
Ramsey, 24, enters the organization as its fifth-best prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com. The former first-round pick hit .300/.389/.527 with 13 home runs in 67 games at Double-A this season and was the Cardinals' lone representative in the 2014 Futures Game.
"He's an athletic outfielder, a left-handed hitter that has played center field and can play the corners," general manager Chris Antonetti said. "Has a good approach at the plate, has a little bit of power and is a guy that we think will contribute at the Major League level for us."
The Indians will assign Ramsey to Triple-A Columbus, where he will play center field as well as the corner outfielder positions. The Cleveland farm system, which already claims the likes of Clint Frazier, Tyler Naquin and 2014 first-round pick Bradley Zimmer, gains yet another talented, multi-tool prospect for its outfield.
"We've definitely improved our outfield depth over the course of the last 12-14 months," Antonetti said.
Alec Shirkey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.