Erik Kratz
Erik Kratz
38-Year-Old CatcherC
Milwaukee Brewers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Erik Kratz in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed a minor league contract with the Indians in December of 2016 that includes an invitation to spring training.
Not in Wednesday's lineup
CMilwaukee Brewers
September 19, 2018
Kratz is out of the lineup against the Reds on Wednesday.
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Manny Pina will receive a start behind the plate for a second straight day as Kratz sticks to the bench for the series finale.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+12%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+26%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+50%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+495%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .592 84 7 2 9 0 .197 .250 .342
Since 2016vs Right .528 197 13 4 17 1 .207 .236 .293
2018vs Left .556 56 5 1 6 0 .184 .250 .306
2018vs Right .702 136 12 4 14 1 .273 .311 .391
2017vs Left 2.000 1 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
2017vs Right 3.000 1 0 0 2 0 1.000 1.000 2.000
2016vs Left .607 27 2 1 3 0 .192 .222 .385
2016vs Right .102 60 1 0 1 0 .051 .051 .051
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+27%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+30%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+50%
OPS on Road
2016
 
 
+49%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .478 128 8 3 12 0 .175 .211 .267
Since 2016Away .605 153 12 3 14 1 .229 .265 .340
2018Home .570 92 7 2 9 0 .214 .261 .310
2018Away .743 100 10 3 11 1 .280 .323 .419
2017Home 2.000 1 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
2017Away 3.000 1 0 0 2 0 1.000 1.000 2.000
2016Home .200 35 1 1 3 0 .057 .057 .143
2016Away .297 52 2 0 1 0 .120 .137 .160
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Stat Review
How does Erik Kratz compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.17
 
BB Rate
3.1%
 
K Rate
17.9%
 
BABIP
.277
 
ISO
.133
 
AVG
.250
 
OBP
.297
 
SLG
.383
 
OPS
.681
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Kratz arrived in Kansas City following a late-July deal with the Blue Jays and immediately usurped Brett Hayes as the primary backup to Salvador Perez. He appeared in 47 games last season between the Jays and Royals, but didn't contribute much from an offensive standpoint, slashing .218/.243/.391 with five home runs in 110 at-bats. The 6-foot-4 backstop will turn 35 in June, and has yet to see an opportunity for full-time work in the major leagues. This is unlikely to change in 2015, as Perez is one of the least-frequently rested catchers in baseball, appearing in 150 contests last season. Unless Perez's heavy usage finally catches up with him and he has to miss time due to injury, Kratz will once again serve in a limited role this season.
Kratz spent his first full season in the majors last season at the age of 33. He opened the year as the Phillies' starting catcher while Carlos Ruiz served a suspension, but outside of hitting some home runs, he did not do much with his opportunity. Kratz can have a little value as a second catcher in deep leagues thanks to his power potential, but his low contact rate makes him a batting average liability. The Blue Jays acquired Kratz as part of their overhaul behind the plate during the offseason, but he'll be placed in a backup role at best if he manages to make the Opening Day roster.
Kratz finally was rewarded for his determination last season as he received his first extended stint in the majors as a 32-year-old rookie. When Carlos Ruiz went down with an injury, Kratz seized the starting catching job away from Brian Schneider and sealed his role as Ruiz's backup for the 2013 season. Kratz has some pop in his bat, but his 20 percent HR/FB rate is likely unsustainable. With Carlos Ruiz suspended 25 games for a second positive amphetamine test, Kratz will be the starting catcher for the first month of the season and then resume a backup role.
Kratz will be in camp this spring as the Phillies' third catcher. He'll need an injury to Brian Schneider or Carlos Ruiz to have any shot at avoiding a return to Triple-A to start the season.
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On bench Tuesday
CMilwaukee Brewers
September 18, 2018
Kratz is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Reds.
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Absent from Friday's lineup
CMilwaukee Brewers
September 14, 2018
Kratz is out of the lineup versus the Pirates on Friday.
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Day off vs. Cubs
CMilwaukee Brewers
September 12, 2018
Kratz is not in the lineup against the Cubs on Wednesday.
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Connects for fifth homer
CMilwaukee Brewers
September 1, 2018
Kratz went 1-for-3 with a solo homer in Friday's win over the Nationals.
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Gets third straight start
CMilwaukee Brewers
August 19, 2018
Kratz will start at catcher and bat seventh Sunday against the Cardinals.
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