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ERIK KRATZ RUMORS & GOSSIP

Erik Kratz "Never Thought" Phillies Would Trade Him; Happy To Be In World Series

The Phillies were looking for pitching depth in the 2014 offseason. The team felt that they could get it in the form of right-handed pitcher Brad Lincoln. So, the Phillies shipped their backup catcher Erik Kratz and prospect Rob Rasmussen to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Kratz. While...
Via Philliedelphia
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Phillies place catcher Erik Kratz on 15-day disabled list

The Philadelphia Phillies have placed catcher Erik Kratz on the 15-day disabled list with a left knee injury,. It happened when Kratz was running out a ground ball in last night's Phillies loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. As reported by the CSNPhilly.com staff, "His [left] knee popped,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said after the game. "It didn’t look good...
Via MLB Injury News
June 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Kratz Shaky Behind the Plate in Early Going

Erik Kratz must improve defensively. (Photo via AP) If their recent offensive surge is a sign of things to come for the Phillies, the team won’t need Carlos Ruiz to duplicate the other-worldly .934 OPS he posted in 2012 when he returns to the lineup. That is the good news. The bad news is that Ruiz’s absence has exposed the defensive shortcomings of catcher Erik Kratz.  Despite...
Via Phillies Nation
April 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Phillies catcher Erik Kratz is shilling turkey bacon

During Monday's Braves-Phillies game, I was forced to watch the game on the Phillies local station as opposed to the national feed on ESPN due to my proximity to Philadelphia. And on that local feed, I saw something that blew my mind: a series of commercials starring Phillies catcher Erik Kratz advertising turkey bacon.  The amazing Phillies blog Zoo With Roy has unearthed...
Via The Outside Corner
April 02, 2013  |  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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