February 8, 2010

Kernaghan Ranked As A Top Draft Prospect

BLOOMSBURG-Bloomsburg University baseball player Grant Kernaghan (Upper Darby/Upper Darby) has been ranked as the fifth best Division II baseball draft prospect by Baseball America magazine.

Kernaghan, 6-3 right-hander for the Huskies, was 5-4 a year ago with four complete games. He allowed just 49 hits in 48 innings of work while striking out 31 and walking just eight batters. His best game of the season was a 1-0 complete game win over Kutztown in which he struck out five, walked just one, induced nine ground ball outs and allowed just one runner to reach second base. Twice he was named the PSAC East Pitcher of the Week.

Bloomsburg coach Mike Collins feels Kernaghan has worked very hard to earn this recognition.

"Grant has worked hard to develop his skills and his stuff has improved steadily over that span," said Collins. "As his velocity has increased, so has interest from professional baseball. He came here as a mid-80's righty and this fall his fastball ranged from 90-94 miles per hour. He needs to continue to refine his secondary pitches, but I'm proud of how far he has come and we are very fortunate to have a guy like him on the mound every Friday."

The Huskies open the 2010 season at the Apprentice Tournament in Newport News, Va. on February 18.