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Getting to CHS Field

Single-Season Wins Record Holder, Kramer Sneed, Re-Signs With the Saints

ST. PAUL, MN April 28, 2017

Kramer Sneed infused life into the St. Paul Saints starting pitching staff late last season.  Unfortunately, a freak wrist injury prevented him from pitching in the post-season, but the man who won 15 games in 2015 has re-signed for 2017.

 

          The 28-year-old left-handed Sneed joined the Saints on August 24 last season after pitching in Mexico.  Upon joining the Saints he went 0-1 with a 3.06 ERA in three starts.  In 17.2 innings pitched he walked nine and struck out 18 while opponents hit .262 against him.  Sneed spent most of the season playing in the Mexican League pitching with two different teams. He signed with Yucatan in February and went 6-4 with a 2.87 ERA in 15 starts. In 87.2 innings he walked 26 and struck out 60 while opponents hit just .239 against him. On July 8, he was traded to Monclova, where he went 3-1 with a 5.08 ERA in 6 appearances (5 starts). In 28.1 innings pitched, Sneed walked 12 and struck out 13 and held opponents to a .273 average.

 

          Sneed was one of the most dominating pitchers in the American Association with the Saints in 2015, going 15-3 with a 2.84 ERA in 20 starts. His 15 wins tied the American Association record for most wins in a season, matching the mark set by Josh Lowey of Wichita in 2012 and equaled by Patrick Johnson of Sioux City that season. In 127.0 innings of work he walked 39 and struck out 81 while posting a WHIP of 1.25. Sneed pitched at least 6.0 innings in 15 of his starts and gave up two runs or less in 14 starts. He finished fifth in the league in ERA.

 

          Sneed got the ball for Game One of the playoffs in 2015 and was dominant despite taking the loss.  He hurled an 8.0 inning complete game allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits while walking two and striking out a Saints playoff high 13.

 

Before joining the Saints, Sneed started 2015 in the Angels organization, pitching in one game at Double-A Arkansas where he tossed 4.0 shutout innings of relief before being released.  In 2014, he spent the entire year at Double-A Arkansas and went 8-11 with a 4.68 ERA in 28 games (26 starts).  In 138.1 innings pitched he walked 66 and struck out 109 while opponents hit .255 against him.

 

            Sneed was originally drafted by the New York Yankees in the 32nd round of the First Year Player Draft out of Barton College in 2010.  In his first two years he was promoted during the season, going from the Rookie Gulf Coast League to Short Season A in 2010 and from the Single-A South Atlantic League to the High-A Florida State League in 2011.  In 2011 he struck out 51 in 39.2 innings pitched and had a solid WHIP of 1.25. 

 

            Just before the 2013 season Sneed was traded to the Angels organization, along with OF Exicardo Cayones and cash, for Vernon Wells.  Sneed spent most of the time at High-A Inland Empire where he was a California League All-Star. He went 7-4 with a 4.09 ERA in 16 starts.  In 81.1 innings pitched he walked just 23 and struck out 73. 

 

The Saints have signed 20 players this off-season, 11 position players and nine pitchers.