June 18, 2009

Baseball Recruit Selected In MLB Draft

Kyle Kramp, who signed a National Letter of Intent earlier this spring to attend Butler and play baseball for the Bulldogs starting in 2010, was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

A right-handed pitcher from Westfield (Ind.) High School, Kramp was taken by the Giants in the 45th round with the 1,347th overall pick of the draft.  He will have the option of either signing with the professional club or attending Butler in the fall.

"It's every high school player's dream to be picked in the Major League draft, so this is a well-deserved honor for Kyle and a real 'feather in his cap,'" head coach Steve Farley said.

"We've had several former recruits picked in the draft, and I can remember Pat Neshek being a late round pick of the Twins out of high school.  Pat chose to accept his Butler scholarship rather than the Twins offer and three years later he had set every Butler strikeout record, helped lead our team to a conference championship and pitched as a freshman in the NCAA tournament.  Pat's draft stock rose substantially here at Butler, as attested by his sixth round selection by the Twins after his junior season in college.

"I don't want to put any pressure on Kyle, but we think he has the same tremendous potential that Pat showed," Farley added.  "Kyle can be an immediate impact player on the mound for us next year."

Kramp and Westfield High School will compete in the Class 4A State Finals against Fort Wayne Snider on Saturday (June 20) at 8:00 p.m. at Victory Field.