Found January 28, 2013 on
Each day MTRphilly.com will be breaking down the players on the Philadelphia Phillies roster and their non roster invitees. Today we will discuss catcher Erik Kratz.
Erik Kratz is a career minor league player who finally made it to the major leagues at age 30 with the Pirates in 2010. Kratz was impressive as the Phillies back up catcher in 2012 and showed promise that he can serve in that capacity again in 2013.
He was a clutch hitter and his 9 homeruns in just 141 at bats showed that he can give the team some power from behind the dish and as a pinch hitter. Kratz continued to build on his reputation as a solid defender. He committed only 1 error and threw out 15 of the 33 runners who tried to steal a base on him.
Kratz excels at game calling and receiving.
Has intriguing power.
Thrives against left handed pitching.
Has excellent power.
Pitchers like throwing to him and he is a plus receiver.
Great throwing arm with a 46% caught stealing mark.
BEST OF MAXIM
The ifs are being addressed by the Philadelphia Phillies, and they begin with Roy Halladay. However, while Phils fans finger their worry beads, the warts on the Braves and the Nationals are quite visible.
TAL’S HANDY CAPS
My articles are designed to represent a baseball man’s thinking, the view from the dugout and the GM’s box. Most fans do not consider...
Widely recognized as the Phillies’ top prospect, lefty hurler Jesse Biddle can’t wait to get his 2013 season going.
In attendance for the Phillies winter charity banquet at Lakewood’s Woodlake Country Club last week, Biddle looked forward to the event for weeks, as he feels rubbing elbows with Phils brass like assistant general manager Benny Looper, director of player development...
Last Fall, word came out that Cole Hamels had battled offseason shoulder problem. This, of course, caused panic in Phillies nation, but the 29-year old lefty assured everyone yesterday that he was fine. He is not concerned about the shoulder at all and downplayed the severity of the issue.
Hamels said yesterday that he wasn't sure anything actually happened to his shoulder...
Each day MTRphilly.com will be breaking down the players on the Philadelphia Phillies roster and their non roster invitees. Today we will discuss outfielder Domonic Brown.
Domonic Brown has been one of baseball’s top prospects since he was drafted by the Phillies in 2006. He has crushed the ball at every minor league stop and looked to be a sure thing at the major league...
Former catcher Brian Schneider has retired from baseball.
“You don’t want to retire, but you think of your family and I think more than anything it’s physically how you feel.” Schneider said.
Schneider began his big league career with Montreal in 2000. He lasted 13 years and finished with a .247/.320/.369 batting line, 67 homers and 387 RBI.
“I’d kind of like to leave...
I swear I’ve posted almost all of my instructs reports. From Phillies camp, I’ve got two of the top three picks from the most recent draft, both multi-sport athletes as the Phillies are notorious for drafting.
Mitch Gueller was the 54th overall pick (sandwich round) in June from a Washington state high school that signed for slot, nearly $950,000. Gueller was a high school quarterback...
The Phillies wound up short on infielders last season thanks to a rash of injuries. This season, that's not likely to happen, since they've stocked themselves with some veteran infielders as insurance.
According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the Phillies and Chad Durbin have agreed to a $1.1 million contract. The deal could include a possible $350,000 in incentives.
Durbin, a 35-year old reliever, went 4-1 with a 3.14 earned run average and a save in 76 appearances with the Braves last season.
Durbin reunites with the Phillies three years later. From 2008-2010, Durbin had an 11...
The Phillies only had Adam Buschini in their organization for two seasons, but thought they had seen enough and released him. Now, after two seasons in independent ball, Buschini is healthy and looking to catch on with an affiliated minor league team.
The Philadelphia Phillies agreed to a one-year, $1.1 million deal with free agent right-handed reliever Chad Durbin, according to ESPN.com. Durbin can also earn up to $350,000 in incentives. The 35-year-old had a 3.10 ERA over 61 innings for the Atlanta Braves last season.
The Phillies are welcoming back a member of their 2008 World Championship team. Chad Durbin signed a one-year deal with the Phillies, giving them another arm for the bullpen.