ERIK KRATZ RUMORS & GOSSIP

Blue Jays place 2B Izturis on DL, option C Kratz

BALTIMORE (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays have placed second baseman Maicer Izturis on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left knee and optioned catcher Erik Kratz to Triple-A Buffalo.
Via FOXSports.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Former Phillies Catcher, Erik Kratz, Joins Twitter

Today seems like a great day for a first tweet. Why not!? pic.twitter.com/xunuGo0lbe — Erik Kratz (@ErikKratz31) March 31, 2014 That's right, former Phillies' backup catcher from 2011 through 2013 has joined Twitter. Kratz joins Roy Halladay (@RoyHalladay) as recently departing Phillies that have joined the well-utilized social media website....
Via Philliedelphia
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Thole's knuckleball mitt beats out Kratz's bat

The Toronto Blue Jays made their decision on a backup catcher yesterday when they kept Josh Thole and sent Erik Kratz to the minors. From the outside looking it, it appears that Thole's one skill set determined the outcome--his experience with R.A. Dickey.I should say in advance that I was rooting for Erik Kratz. So anything I write on this subject could be prejudicial....
Via The Flagrant Fan
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Big learning curve for Blue Jays' Kratz catching Dickey

Erik Kratz’ hair is thinning, which is a good thing. If he had a thick head of hair he’d be pulling it out in clumps. Kratz appears to be in the driver’s seat as the Blue Jays No. 2 catcher, squatting behind Dioner Navarro in the pecking order. When it comes to catching R.A. Dickey’s elusive knuckleball, though, Kratz is No. 1. This spring, due to his more dangerous bat...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies' Erik Kratz is a very good catcher

Erik Kratz proves something I have been saying for an awfully long time. Year after year of watching guys like Olivo and Barajas and a half dozen other old catchers playing for a couple of mil a years is kind of stupid. There has to be catchers in the minors that can do just as well or better than the geriatric "clubhouse" guys who general managers and manager seem to...
Via The Flagrant Fan
February 04, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Philadelphia Phillies Preview: Erik Kratz

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. Summary:  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...
Via MyTeamRivals.com
January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Erik Kratz: XBH Machine

Erik Kratz broke open Sunday’s game against the Braves with a three-run double in the first inning. Though the Phillies would eventually lose the contest in dramatic fashion, Kratz had made his presence felt once again in what has been a terrific rookie season. Kratz has a .384 wOBA through 113 plate appearances and a 142 wRC+ — production 42% better than the league average...
Via Phillies Nation
September 04, 2012  |  Discuss

The Legend of Erik Kratz Grows

We Should Be GMs has been at the forefront of the "Erik Kratz for backup catcher" campaign for the past two season.  The first chapter of his legend was written during a brief stint with the club last September, but that served as merely a teaser.  In the offseason, Amaro insisted on re-signing the washed-up Brian Schneider, thus forcing The Kratzkin back to Triple-A...
Via We Should Be GM's
September 01, 2012  |  1 Comment

Kratz with The Howard, Phillies with the Win

The Howard- a strikeout, error, and homerun all wrapped up in a nifty lil' package by one player in the same game.And for some uncanny reason, the Phillies seem to win any time one of them does it.Today's hero- Erik Kratz.  The career minor leaguer is finally getting a chance to shine at 32 years old and is making the most of the opportunity, batting .333/1.200 in 20 games...
Via We Should Be GM's
August 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Go Ahead and Like Erik Kratz

Is there any less thankless job on a MLB 25-man roster than the backup catcher?  Nah, don't think so.  For the past few years Brian Schneider has been cast in that role for the Phillies, but an injury opened the door for Erik Kratz this season.  Kratz is making the most of the opportunity.  He had a 2 game debut with the Phils in September last year and has only played...
Via We Should Be GM's
August 02, 2012  |  Discuss
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