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.