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Published On: March 7th, 2017

By: Parker Brighton, Kalamazoo Growlers Broadcaster

KALAMAZOO, MI – Two Kalamazoo College Hornets are the latest additions to the 2017 Growlers roster. Freshmen Thomas Brumfield and Ryan Franklin will suit up for the blue and gold this summer. This recruiting trail update is presented by OnStaff Group.

LHP – Thomas Brumfield, 5'10" (L/L) Freshman, Kalamazoo College

Is he the batter who can pitch, or the pitcher who can hit? Brumfield is from Royal Oak, Michigan, and attended Bishop Foley High School. As a senior he batted .381 with 12 RBI, 30 runs scored, and a fielding percentage of .973. On the bump, Brumfield posted a 3-0 record in 7 appearances. He finished the season with an ERA just south of 2.00 (1.97), striking out 26 batters in 32 innings pitched, and walking in 18 opponents. Brumfield is ranked 47th in the state of Michigan according to




RHP – Ryan Franklin, 6'2" (R/R) Freshman, Kalamazoo College

Franklin is a Brentwood, Tennessee, native. As a senior at Brentwood Academy he finished with a record of 6-2 and an ERA of 1.185. He punched out 81 batters while only walking 22 in a total of 65 innings pitched, carrying Brentwood Academy to the Division II state finals in the process (27-13 team record). Franklin was the 2016 Tennessee DII Senior Player of the Year. He was named to the Division II AA All-Region Team, the Division II All Senior Team, the All-Williamson County Pre-Season Team, and the All-Williamson County Team.

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The Kalamazoo Growlers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 23rd season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 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 150 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 (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (CHC). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store and set the Growlers as your favorite team.