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Northwoods League Veterans Join Green Bay

 

Former St. Cloud catcher, Mitchell Kranson, & 2014 Bullfrog, pitcher Garrett Harrison, sign with Green Bay

 

Green Bay, Wis.- Left-handed pitcher, Garrett Harrison, joins Catcher and infielder, Mitchell Kranson, as the newest Bullfrogs signees. Both spent last season in the Northwoods League, but on opposing teams.  Harrison suited up for Green Bay and Kranson played for the St. Cloud Rox.

A 6’5” LHP from St. Cloud State University, junior Garrett Harrison, logged ten starts in 50 2/3 innings for the Bullfrogs last summer. The sixteenth ranked prospect by Baseball America in the Northwoods League, Harrison tallied a 4.26 ERA and finished second on the squad with 46 strikeouts. Harrison, hailing from Champlain, MN (Champlain Park H.S.), also had a successful spring 2014 collegiate season. Harrison managed a 3.72 ERA in nine starts, including a complete game win against Bemidji State in which he surrendered just one run on four hits. Harrison is excited to compete once again with the Bullfrogs.

“When our season was over, a lot of us talked about coming back and how we did want to play together,” said Harrison. “We felt that we had some unfinished business as far as how our summer went. We thought we were talented, but we didn’t accomplish all of the things we had hoped to accomplish.” 

Mitchell Kranson is a 5’9” junior catcher/infielder from Danville, CA (De La Salle H.S.). He is a member of Head Coach David Esquer’s University of California Golden Bears. In 2014, Kranson led the team with a .309 AVG in Pac-12 play (24-for-124). A self-described gap-to-gap hitter, he was third on the Golden Bears with nine doubles.  A decorated prep star, including All-California second team accolades, Kranson was also a member of the 14U USA National Team. In his most recent summer tour, as a member of the St. Cloud Rox, Kranson (.280/6HR/25RBI) recorded one hit or more in 17 of his last 20 games. The left-handed swinger, Kranson played for Green Bay Field Manger, Skip Handelsman, in 2013 as a member of the Fayetteville SwampDogs in the Coastal Plain League.

“The biggest reason I want to come to Green Bay is the opportunity to play for a coach that I’ve played for,” said Kranson. “The Northwoods League is a lot of baseball, but it’s a lot of fun. Playing everyday gets you ready, hopefully, for that minor league grind.”

The Bullfrogs will open up the 2015 season at home on May 26th against the La Crosse Loggers.  Group tickets, season tickets and 7-game packages are on sale now.  The Bullfrogs off-season hours are Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.  For more information please visit www.greenbaybullfrogs.com.

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The Green Bay Bullfrogs are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 22nd season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 120 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (BOS) and Ben Zobrist (OAK). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website.  For more information, visit GreenBayBullfrogs.com.