JUPITER, Fla. -- There's something different, something definitely intimidating, about most effective relief pitchers.
Ian Krol, the Detroit Tigers' new lefty out of the bullpen, has that confidence and manner in spades. He's got a thick beard, stern expression and pitches like his car is double-parked.
"The way he pitches, it seems like he's kind of a gunslinger...
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Last year was a pretty crazy one for Ian Krol.
Originally a seventh-round pick by the Oakland Athletics in 2009, Krol was sent to the Washington Nationals last March.
Krol, who turns 23 on May 9, went 2-1 with a 3.95 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in 32 games (27 1/3 innings) with the Nationals last season.
Then this past December, Krol came to Detroit as part of the trade...
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January 09, 2014
On Monday, the Tigers swung a trade that shipped out starter Doug Fister, in exchange for a trio of players from the Nationals. One of them is power left-handed reliever Ian Krol, who made his big league debut in 2013. What can Krol give the Tigers? Get his full scouting report inside. (FREE PREMIUM PREVIEW)
The Nats traded Robbie Ray, Steve Lombardozzi and Ian Krol to the Tigers for Doug Fister. Or, as Fangraphs puts it:
The Nationals surrendered a non-elite pitching prospect who has pitched a half season at Double-A and probably won’t rank in anyone’s Top 100 next spring, plus a couple of role players who might or might not end up amounting to anything. And in return, they’re...
For P Ian Krol, Inf Steve Lombardozzi, minor league P Robbie Ray.
I hate to see him go, but we can’t afford to keep our top 4 pitchers. Or so they say.
So Nats rookies Anthony Rendon, Ian Krol, and Erik Davis made an appearance at the Fan Cave while in New York this week. See MLB.com video above. The rookies talked about their rookie experiences and did fun stuff like play ping pong and slide down a slide, but unfortunately did not read '50 Shades of Grey' like members of the Nats bullpen did during their Fan Cave visit...
On Sunday, MASN's Julie Alexandria Tweeted the photo above of Nats rookie Ian Krol in a Justin Bieber backpack, leading to the logical question: "Is Krol a 'Belieber'?"
Turns out the backpack can be chalked up to rookie hazing by Drew Storen, as confirmed in a pregame interview Alexandria did with Krol on MASN Tuesday night (video here):
Already one rainout removed from his sparkling major league debut Wednesday night, who could blame Nats rookie Ian Krol for eagerly arriving for work on Friday afternoon. Unfortunately, Krol missed the important fact that the Nationals announced the game's postponement around noon:
HA! Didn't even notice the game was cancelled until I got to the clubhouse. #embarrassing...
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We saw how electric Ian Krol's fastball was last night in his Major League debut against the New York Mets. Apparently, he's a freak athlete.
Check out this 38 inch jump with a weighted vest he completed while a member of the Oakland Athletics' farm system.