When Brian Schneider was still with the Phillies, I wondered why. Nothing against the veteran backstop, but waiting in the wings was a seemingly better option, Erik Kratz. At the time, he had been tearing up pitching in the minors, and I’d heard first hand that the major league starters were very high on Kratz. It would eventually become his time to get a shot with the Phillies. And it was deserved.
In 2013, Kratz got time to play early in the season with Carlos Ruiz sidelined due to his PED suspension. His warts were apparent, he was playing like a guy who should be a full-time backup. Again, not a knock on Kratz, but more an observation that not everyone is meant to be a starter.
Kratz would deal with injuries himself this past season, spending time on the DL with a knee injury that required surgery in June. The 33-year old would eventually return in late July, but his struggles at the plate continued. He also would lose his backup job to Cameron Rupp down the stretch.
After all w...