Honors & Awards
• 2005 MLB 46th-round Draft Pick (San Francisco)
• Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll (Fall 2005)
2006 Outlook: The only junior college addition to the NU pitching staff, left-hander Jared Cranston looks to be an impact newcomer this spring • Earned first-team All-Jayhawk league honors in 2005, going 6-2 with 101 strikeouts in 77.1 innings • Was picked by the San Francisco Giants in the 46th round of the 2005 MLB First-Year Player Draft • Impressed the coaching staff with an outstanding work ethic • Could fill a number of roles on the staff, from weekend starter to someone who could be used multiple times during a Big 12 series.
Seward County CC/Colby High School: Cranston was one of the top pitchers in the Jayhawk League pitching for Coach Galen McSpedden at Seward County CC • Earned first-team Jayhawk West All-Conference in 2005, after posting a 6-2 record with a save and a 2.68 ERA • Ranked fourth among junior college pitchers in strikeouts with 101 over 77.1 innings in helping Seward rank 21st nationally in the polls • Was named NJCAA Pitcher of the Week after fanning 12 over six innings against Cloud County CC • Helped Seward CC to a fifth-place finish at the 2004 NJCAA World Series, going 2-0 with a save, as he struck out 21 in 19.2 innings • Pitched for Coach Bob Steinkamp’s Beatrice Bruins over the summer, going 4-3 with a save and a 3.50 ERA, leading the Bruins in innings (61.2) and strikeouts (79) • Earned first-team all-state honors in each of his last two seasons for Coach Kevin Cox at Colby High School, compiling a 17-1 record • Was 8-0 with a 0.20 ERA as a senior, as he struck out 84 in 55 innings for the No. 1 ranked team in the state • Earned first-team academic all-state honors in high school • Selected NU over a host of schools, including TCU, St. John’s, Kansas State, New Orleans and Alabama.
Personal: Born on April 18, 1985, in Colby, Kan. • Parents are John and Carla Cranston • Has two brothers (Jake and Jordon) and one sister (Jodi) • Majors in geography and has a 3.031 GPA.