ERIK KRATZ
C, Indianapolis Indians
Age: 30
Born: June 15, 1980
Height: 6′ 4″
Weight: 250
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 29th Round, 866th Overall, 2002
How Acquired: Minor League FA
College: Eastern Mennonite University
Agent: N/A
SCOUTING REPORT
The Pirates signed Kratz before the 2009 season as a minor league free agent.  Kratz was impressive, not only at the plate with his .273/.337/.470 line in 319 at-bats, but with his skills behind the plate.  The Pirates liked him so much that they re-signed him in September for the 2010 season.

The Pirates released catcher Robinzon Diaz later in the off-season, which made Kratz the new number three catcher in the organization.  With Ryan Doumit’s injury history, there’s a good chance that Kratz will find himself in the majors at some point this year, backing up Jason Jaramillo.  If the Pirates eventually decide to trade Doumit before Tony Sanchez is ready to arrive, Kratz could take over as the full time backup in the majors.

STATS

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2010: League Minimum

Other Details:
  • N/A
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2002
MLB Debut: 7/17/2010
MiLB FA Eligible: Eligible
MLB FA Eligible: 2017
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: 7/16/2010 (Removed: 9/7/2010)
Options Remaining: 2 (USED: 2010)
MLB Service Time: 0.000
AWARDS / ACHIEVEMENTS / PROSPECT RANKINGS
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TRANSACTIONS
June 5, 2002: Drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 29th round, 866th overall pick.
June 8, 2002: Signed by the Toronto Blue Jays to a minor league contract.
January 19, 2009: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as a free agent.
July 16, 2010: Contract purchased by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
September 7, 2010: Designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
September 10, 2010: Outrighted to AAA by the Pittsburgh Pirates.