KEVIN KRAUSE
CATCHER
Born: November 23, 1992
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 200
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 9th Round, 281st Overall, 2014
How Acquired: Draft
College: SUNY Stony Brook
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

The Pirates took Krause in the ninth round of the 2014 draft, the second catcher they chose on day two of the draft.  Baseball America rated him 281st overall and he was rated by multiple sources just below that, so he profiled as a ninth round pick.  After missing time during his sophomore season at Stony Brook due to a broken hamate bone, he won the American East Conference player of the year award as a junior.  As a catcher, he is fairly raw and will need time to develop.  Krause made just one error during his junior season and none as a sophomore.  He has also played some outfield, but has said he prefers to stay behind the plate.  He runs well for a catcher and has an average arm, and displays athleticism behind the plate.  Krause profiles as a slightly below average hitter, with a chance to hit for some power.  He went undrafted out of high school and said he was hoping to go in the top ten rounds this year and was eager to start his minor league career.  He signed a week and a half after the draft for the slot amount of $143,600 and should go to Jamestown.

2014
A-:  276/363/560, 134 AB, 9 2B, 4 3B, 7 HR, 16 BB, 28 K, 6-8 SB

Krause had a strong debut, hitting for a lot of power, although the K rate is a concern.  He even showed some speed.  He shared catching duties with Taylor Gushue and, oddly, Deybi Garcia, and threw out 16% of base stealers.  Krause missed the majority of August with an injury.

It’s hard to see what the Pirates are going to do with their catching prospects in 2015.  Reese McGuire should be the regular at Bradenton.  Krause could share time with Gushue at West Virginia, but the Pirates have also said Connor Joe will see time behind the plate.

STATS
Baseball Reference — Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com

NCAA
BA
OBP
SLG
AB
2B
3B
HR
BB
K
SB
CS
 2012  .330  .399  .431  209  12 0  3  26  31  6  2
 2013  .211  .268  .313  71  4  0  0  11  18  0  0
 2014  .354  .441  .551  198  15  0  8  26  28  8  3
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2015: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $143,600
MiLB Debut: 2014
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2020
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2017
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 6, 2014: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 9th round, 281st overall pick; signed on June 16.