FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Boston Red Sox have signed former Harvard catcher Matt Kramer '08 and will convert him to a pitcher in an announcement by the club.
Kramer has had a number of workouts with the team, starting last fall when the Crimson coaching staff set up a workout for the 24-year old righty. Last week, Kramer was in Florida and threw so well that the Sox decided to make a move.
"Naturally we are thrilled for Mattie," said Joe Walsh, the Joseph J. O'Donnell '67 Head Coach for Harvard Baseball. "We had dabbled with Matt on the mound here at Harvard but he was so valuable to us as a catcher and first basemen. He also started to hit the ball for us and we couldn't make the move at the time."
Confirmed reports out of Fort Myers had Kramer consistently throwing 93-94 and touching 95 MPH on his fastball with an 87 MPH slider.
In his three summers since graduating, Kramer kept the pace offensively. Last season with Sioux City of the American Association, Kramer batted .346 with three homers and five doubles in just 20 games.
In the summer of 2008, Kramer signed with Harlingen (Texas) of the Independent United League and appeared in only eight games before his contract was purchased by the Atlanta Braves organization. Kramer spent the entire 2009 season and part of 2010 season in the Atlanta Braves organization prior to joining Sioux City in July, 2010.
Harvard has seen many of its players climb to the professional ranks both as players and administrators. Since 2000: Frank Herrmann, Steffan Wilson, Zak Farkes, Matt Vance, Matt Kramer, John Birtwell, Kenon Ronz, Jeff Bridich, Dan Saken, Ben Crocket, Mickey Kropf, Trey Hendricks, Brian Lentz, Schuyler Mann, John Wolff, Lance Salsgiver, Morgan Brown, Tom Stack-Babich, Matt Vance, Josh Kelmkiewicz, and Shawn Haviland.