Cramer, a native of Anaheim, California who turns 31 in October, was a 38th round draft pick of the Seattle Mariners in 2001, but never signed a contract with the M’s. After undergoing Tommy John shoulder surgery in 2002, he signed with Tampa Bay and made his pro debut with the Rays’ Class A Hudson Valley affiliate of the New York-Penn League one year later. He spent two years in the Tampa Bay system as a reliever, but was out of organized ball in 2005 and 2006. Oakland signed Cramer in 2007 for the first of four stints in the A’s organization, including his current assignment in the PCL.
His minor league career record prior to 2010 was 27-16 with a 3.38 ERA in 105 games, including 39 starts.