HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. - Newberry College rising senior Ryan Cranmer has had an outstanding summer so far in the Coastal Plain League for the Morehead City Marlins. Cranmer added to an already impressive list of accolades Tuesday, as he was named a starter for the 2013 All-Star Game next week.
Cranmer (Newport, N.C.) leads the collegiate wood bat league in homeruns with nine, total bases with 69 and slugging percentage at .676. His 35 hits are second most in the league and his 23 RBIs rank third in the league.
His nearest competition in homers is four back, while he has 17 more total bases than the nearest competition. He will be a starter in the outfield in Monday's All-Star Game at War Memorial Stadium in Hampton, Va.
In his junior season at Newberry, Cranmer was named second team all-Southeast Region by the American Baseball Coaches Association and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers' Association. He was the first-ever first team all-South Atlantic Conference infielder from Newberry. He was fourth in the league with a .368 batting average and tied for fourth in the league with 50 RBIs. His 50 runs scored were third in the conference and he was second in the conference with a .466 on-base percentage, a .632 slugging percentage and 30 walks. He had 10 homeruns to rank fourth in the league and was 21-for-21 on stolen base attempts to rank second in the league in steals and notch the most steals in the league without being caught.
This is the second straight summer a Wolves' baseball player has been a summer league all-star, after pitcher Jonathan Rosenberger was a Futures League All-Star in 2012.