Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Baer: Erik Kratz Continues to Impress

The Kratzenjammer Kids…as some Phillie Twiddle’s show.

Third-string catcher Erik Kratz went 2-for-4 with a game-tying three-run home run and a lead-off double in the 11th to set up the eventual winning run in yesterday’s 8-7 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Snapping an 0-for-12 slump, the well-traveled catcher sent his triple-slash line soaring to .333/.400/.800 in 50 plate appearances, causing many to scramble to create room for him on next season’s roster, whether as the back-up catcher…

  Aaron Talasnik @ATalasnikCSN

  I’m Kratz-ing my pants right now as I Kratz my hands. Best backup cult hero catcher since Sal Fasano.

...Obviously, Kratz isn’t a 1.200 OPS player and he will absolutely come down to earth as the sample size grows larger, but there is something to be said about the 32-year-old Minor League journeyman who has hit 11 of his 15 total hits for extra bases. For one, he is an extreme pull hitter, even though pitchers have tended to pepper the outer half of the plate.

Kratz has hit both left- and right-handed pitchers well (.596, .406 wOBA) and hasn’t been fooled by fastballs or off-speed pitches (.604, .385). Even among the hitting “basics” (walks, strikeouts, home runs), Kratz is as evenly-split as you can be within a small sample. Simply put, he hasn’t shown many weaknesses, even as pitchers have attempted to exploit his pull-friendly style. When the pitch is on the outer-third of the plate or further, Kratz has posted a meager .272 wOBA. Of the 14 outside pitches he has put in play, only two of them have actually gone to the right side of the field — a ground out to first base against the Braves, and a fly out to right field against the Diamondbacks.

Repoz Posted: August 14, 2012 at 08:06 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: phillies

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: August 14, 2012 at 08:42 AM (#4207828)
One of the few pleasant surprises in a dreary Phillies year.

Last night the announcers made a fuss that the team was ONLY 9 games below .500.
   2. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: August 14, 2012 at 09:15 AM (#4207841)
And we thought it was all going to be downhill after his first three Phillies hits were home runs.
   3. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: August 14, 2012 at 09:20 AM (#4207845)
Kratz looked like he had decent power when he was with the Pirates - just not the bat speed to make effective use of it. I'm glad to see that he's doing well.
   4. Rennie's Tenet Posted: August 14, 2012 at 09:32 AM (#4207853)
Prince Fielder tried to shamu Kratz in a play at the plate when Kratz was in Pittsburgh. Fielder just bounced off, and fell down.
   5. escabeche Posted: August 14, 2012 at 10:36 AM (#4207908)
Saw this guy scramble home to score the winning run on a sacrifice fly to cap-off a 4-run bottom of the ninth against Milwaukee. When the pinch runner is your backup catcher you know the world has turned upside down and sideways.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Rough Carrigan
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogMinor League Legend Rocky Bridges Dies at 87
(13 - 12:30am, Jan 31)
Last: esseff

NewsblogOT - Politics January 2015 - Mario Cuomo, New York Governor and Minor League Ballplayer, Dies at 82
(4250 - 12:15am, Jan 31)
Last: Greg K

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - January 2015
(1689 - 11:34pm, Jan 30)
Last: Tom Cervo, backup catcher

NewsblogFangraphs: Last Year’s Minor-League WAR Leaders, If That Existed
(20 - 9:57pm, Jan 30)
Last: Infinite Joost (Voxter)

NewsblogManfred talks pace, players and plans as he takes office | FOX Sports
(9 - 9:38pm, Jan 30)
Last: Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site

NewsblogOmar Minaya to leave San Diego Padres, join MLBPA as special adviser
(6 - 9:25pm, Jan 30)
Last: Cargo Cultist

NewsblogMake relievers face more than 1 batter for faster game, more runs | FOX Sports
(269 - 9:10pm, Jan 30)
Last: Joe Bivens, Minor Genius

NewsblogPitchfork: Jack White Gets His Own Baseball Card
(252 - 7:59pm, Jan 30)
Last: Baldrick

NewsblogOT: Soccer January 2015
(394 - 7:31pm, Jan 30)
Last: frannyzoo

NewsblogHow Has BABIP Held Up as Leaguewide Offense Slides Ever Lower? | Banished to the Pen
(37 - 7:28pm, Jan 30)
Last: bobm

NewsblogNationals outfielder Jayson Werth convicted of reckless driving
(112 - 7:03pm, Jan 30)
Last: Dan

NewsblogBaseball's Choice: Change or Die | VICE Sports
(34 - 6:44pm, Jan 30)
Last: AndrewJ

NewsblogJohn D'Acquisto Remembers the Late Charlie Williams
(1 - 5:13pm, Jan 30)
Last: Tubbs & Minnie Miñoso don't fear Sid Monge

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-30-2015
(37 - 5:05pm, Jan 30)
Last: Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos

NewsblogRanking baseball's greatest dynasties - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN
(140 - 4:21pm, Jan 30)
Last: Dudefella

Page rendered in 0.1582 seconds
48 querie(s) executed