Kamplain Signs Contract With New York Yankees

First went the Friday starter. Now the Saturday Alabama starting pitcher from this year's Southeastern Conference baseball schedule has made an early departure to professional baseball.

Alabama left-handed pitcher Justin Kamplain signed a professional contract with the New York Yankees on Wednesday. Kamplain will be placed with the Staten Island Yankees, which is the short-season class-A affiliate in the New York-Penn League.

Earlier this month Spencer Turnbull, Bama'S Friday starter in the just-completed college baseball season, signed with the Detroit Tigers.

After pitching as the Crimson Tide Saturday starter for the 2014 season, Kamplain was selected by the in the 18th round of the 2014 First-Year Major League Baseball Draft.

Kamplain finished his junio­r season at Alabama with a 7-3 record and a 2.90 ERA in 15 appearances, all as a starter. His career-high seven wins led the Tide in 2014, while his 69 strikeouts in in 90 innings also led the club, while holding opponents to a .205 batting average.

In three years with the Crimson Tide, Kamplain appeared in 50 games, 30 times as a starter, posting a 9-7 record with a 3.64 ERA. He's thrown a total of 207.2 innings, with one complete game, 168 strikeouts and a .225 opponent's batting average.

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