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Pensacola's Kranawetter sold to Tampa Bay Devil Rays

June 24, 2004 - Central Baseball League (Central League) News Release

Durham, N.C. -- Pensacola Pelicans starting pitcher Josh Kranawetter was sold to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Thursday, June 24. He will report to Tampa Bay's single-A affiliate in the South Atlantic League, the Charleston (S.C.) RiverDogs. Kranawetter becomes the third Central Baseball League player bought this season, joining former teammate Phil Devey, as the second Pelican. In addition, Kranawetter will now pitch alongside former Edinburg Roadrunner Jeremy Flanagan, the first player to be sold this season.

Kranawetter is 4-3 on the season with a league-leading 1.77 earned run average. He is second in the league in strikeouts (69) and complete games (2). Although primarily a starter, he has come on out of the bullpen on three occasions and recorded a save on May 11. Earlier this season, Kranawetter was named the back-to-back CBL pitcher of the week after winning four consecutive starts from May 26 - June 12. During that span, he allowed only two runs in 28 innings (he pitched in relief one game) and struck out 42.

Originally a 27th round pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2002, Kranawetter pitched two years of affiliated baseball before being signed by Pensacola in the offseason. During his minor league stint, he went 7-8 with a 4.47 ERA, along with three saves and 79 strikeouts in 106.2 innings.

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