July 24, 2007
Loves Park, IL - Brown graduate James Cramphin '06 (Simsbury, CT) has signed a professional contract with the Rockford (Ill.) Riverhawks of the independent Frontier League, becoming the second Bear to turn pro this year. The right-hander has done well so far in his young professional career, immediately jumping into the Riverhawks' rotation and going 2-1 with a 2.92 ERA in four starts.
Cramphin led the Ivy League in strikeouts in a standout senior season with 86 in 80.2 innings. He also had a League-high 47 k's in 37.2 Ivy League innings. He started a career-high 13 games, going 6-4 with a 4.80 ERA. For his career, Cramphin is fourth all-time at Brown with 193 career strikeouts, fifth with 229.1 innings pitched, seventh with 14 wins, and tied for second with five 10+ strikeout games.
Cramphin joins Devin Thomas '07 and Shaun McNamara '06 as recent Brown alums playing professionally. Thomas was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the seventh round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft in June. He is currently hitting .250 with five home runs and 24 RBIs in 26 games with the Oneonta Tigers of the short season Class A New York-Penn League. McNamara, now in his second season playing in the independent Can-Am League, won the League's Rookie Pitcher of the Year award last season with the North Shore Spirit. He is 1-4 with a 5.87 ERA in 14 appearances for the Spirit and the Worcester Tornadoes this season.