Everybody Kratz your hands!
Erik Kratz was a more-than-pleasant surprise for the Phillies in 2012. He was a guy that started the year in Triple-A Lehigh Valley, and was not expected to spend much time with the big league club with backup catcher Brian Schneider assuming the role as backup catcher.
But when Schneider wound up on the DL, Kratz got his opportunity–and he made the most of it.
He finished the year with a .248/.306/.504 slash line, and his .809 OPS was good for 3rd on the Phillies among player with at least 100 PA (only Carlos Ruiz and Kevin Frandsen were ahead of him).
Four of his nine home runs came in the seventh inning or later, and three of them came in high leverage situations. It seemed that, whenever the Phillies needed something, he was able to pull through.
And because of his great power numbers, Kratz quickly became a fan favorite. The phrase “everybody Kratz your hands” echoed through Twitter by fans and beat writers alike.
In late August, the Phillies wer...