Two Golden Bears Join SwampDogs

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The Fayetteville SwampDogs are pleased to announce the addition of two position players from the University of California-Berkeley. Outfielder Brian Celsi and infielder/catcher Mitchell Kranson will experience their first summers in the Coastal Plain League.

Celsi is a 5-10, 173-pound left fielder who appeared in 46 games, including 40 starts as a redshirt freshman. The Elk Grove, California native hit .265 with 10 RBIs and 22 runs. He finished second on the team with nine sacrifice hits.

During his high school career, Celsi had a team-high .468 batting average as a junior and was a two-time MVP. He helped his team win two Delta River League titles.

“We’re excited to have Brian and Mitchell with us this summer,” head coach Darrell Handelsman said. “They both have a lot of playing time in a very tough conference (the Pac-12) and I expect them to come in and be big contributors during the season. They will provide us two quality left handed hitters and both can play multiple positions on defense.”

Mitchell Kranson started in 22 games and appeared in 32 total games as a true freshman. The 5-8, 203-pound first baseman converted to the infield instead of catching because his teammate Andrew Knapp is a top MLB prospect behind the dish.

He drove in eight runs and scored nine times with five doubles. As a senior, the Danville, California native was the East Bay Athletic League MVP, first team All-League and NorCal First Team.

Kranson helped his school win the 2012 league title and the North Coast Section championship. He had a .400 batting average throughout high school and drove in 30 runs as a junior. He also played for Team USA 14U travel team.

The Fayetteville SwampDogs are a proud member of the Coastal Plain League, entering their 13th season in the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 17th season in 2013, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. Furthermore, the CPL has had over 1,000 alumni drafted and 62 alums – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at and follow us via Twitter (as cpleague).