FORMER SAINT, JARED CRANSTON, DRAFTED IN 34TH ROUND BY S.F. GIANTS

For the 14th consecutive year, the Seward County Community College baseball program has been represented in the Major League Baseball First-Year Players Amateur draft that completed their 50 rounds on Wednesday afternoon. Saints second baseman, Bo Merrell, and former SCCC left-handed pitcher, Jared Cranston, were each selected by the San Francisco Giants on the second-day of the two day draft.

SCCC Head Coach, Galen McSpadden, has now coached 70 draft picks out of his baseball program in the last 14 years, including 27 players since 2000.

Merrell, a freshman second baseman from Perryton, Texas, was selected in the 41st round (1226 overall pick) by the San Francisco Giants. Merrell, listed as a shortstop, was sixth on the list of shortstops taken by the Giants in this year’s draft. In 2005, Merrell was also selected by the S.F. Giants in the 41st round (1239 overall selection) following his senior year at Perryton H.S. where he batted .422 with 48 runs scored, 29 RBI and was 23-of-24 in stolen bases.

The 6’2” 200 lbs. infielder batted .309 (50-for-162) in his freshman season at Seward County with 36 runs scored, eight doubles, four triples, two home runs, 30 RBI and a team-best 11 stolen bases. With innings at both second base and third base, Merrell posted a .921 fielding percentage.

Merrell is currently playing for the Beatrice Bruins (Beatrice, Neb.), a semi-pro/wooden bat team that competes in the M.I.N.K. League.

This year also marks the second time Cranston has been selected by the Giants. Last season, Cranston was drafted in the 46th round (1384 overall pick) by San Francisco.

After Cranston’s sophomore year at SCCC he transferred to the University of Nebraska, where he spent this season being one of the Cornhusker top relief pitchers. Nebraska finished their season last weekend with a 42-17 overall record, with a No. 6 national ranking in the final poll of the regular season.

In his first season at Nebraska, Cranston was among team leaders with 21 appearances while pitching 15.1 innings. Cranston recorded a 2-0 record with a 6.46 ERA with 15 strikeouts during his first campaign in the Big XII Conference.

In 2005, Cranston led the Saints with a 2.68 ERA and a 6-2 record, while being named First Team All-Jayhawk West. Cranston threw six complete games (13 starts) in 77.1 innings pitched. Cranston was fourth in the nation (NJCAA) with 101 strikeouts, which also ranks him 2nd all-time at Seward County C.C.