Kevin Kramer
Kevin Kramer
27-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Milwaukee Brewers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Kramer never played in 2020 as he required right hip labrum surgery in late May. The typical recovery time for that surgery is four-to-six months, which puts him in line for a healthy spring training as a non-roster player in 2021. The 2015 second-round pick came out of UCLA as a third baseman, but began playing the outfield in 2019 to gain more positional flexibility in his future. He is already 27 years old and has but 90 plate appearances at the big-league level with an unsightly .152/.222/.165 slash line and a 41.1 K% to show for his efforts. He has shown potential in Triple-A to be a decent hitter, but the time off from the surgery is working against him at the plate and in the field as he continues to learn the outfield. There is no reason to draft him in the spring, but keep an eye on his recovery. Read Past Outlooks
$Traded to the Brewers in July of 2021.
Dealt to Milwaukee
OFMilwaukee Brewers  AAA
July 4, 2021
Kramer was traded from the Pirates to the Brewers on Sunday in exchange for left-hander Nathan Kirby, Jake Crouse of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Kramer had a slim chance to break camp with the Pirates this spring, but he was assigned to Triple-A Indianapolis to begin the year. He hit .196 with three home runs, 22 RBI and 19 runs across 51 minor-league games, and he'll now serve as organizational depth for the Brewers. The 27-year-old made appearances with the Pirates in 2018 and 2019, and he could join the big-league club in a depth role at some point.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
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+160%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .200 10 0 0 0 0 .100 .100 .100
Since 2019vs Right .519 40 5 0 5 0 .188 .300 .219
2021vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Left .200 10 0 0 0 0 .100 .100 .100
2019vs Right .519 40 5 0 5 0 .188 .300 .219
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .451 26 4 0 2 0 .136 .269 .182
Since 2019Away .450 24 1 0 3 0 .200 .250 .200
2021Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Home .451 26 4 0 2 0 .136 .269 .182
2019Away .450 24 1 0 3 0 .200 .250 .200
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The jump from Triple-A to the majors is tough and it's proven especially tough for Kramer. A second-round pick in 2015, Kramer has posted strikeout rates in the mid-20s at Triple-A Indianapolis over the past two seasons, but he's seen that number skyrocket to 41.1% in 90 big-league plate appearances. He did improve his walk rate to 12% in a trio of stints with the big club in 2019 and some indicators such as zone contact percentage and chase rate point to progress at the dish, though there is very little in the batted-ball numbers to suggest this is a big-league caliber stick. One thing going in Kramer's favor in 2020: with the turnover in the Pirates' front office, it seems the organization is fully embracing a rebuild, and if they're not going to compete, giving at-bats to a guy like Kramer to evaluate his standing makes sense. He has some outfield experience and could be a fit in a super-utility role.
Most small samples don't mean much at all, but it's hard to ignore 20 strikeouts in 40 plate appearances. Sometimes, extremes in small samples do tell us something. Kramer hit well over .300 in a much larger body of work at Triple-A Indianapolis, but he needed a .392 BABIP to get there. He struck out 24.1% of the time while with the Pirates' top minor-league affiliate. That's not a terrible figure in a vacuum, but for a 24-year-old at that level, it's not great, especially when that level of swing and miss comes with only modest power (.181 ISO). Also modest: Kramer's speed. He stole 13 bases with Indy but was also caught five times. Kramer was a second-round pick in 2015 so there is some pedigree here, but he hasn't walked much at the higher levels and there are holes in the swing, making Kramer a long shot to be much more than a utility infielder at his peak. Don't be surprised if he has to bide his time at Triple-A for a while yet to begin 2019.
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Sent to minor-league camp
OFPittsburgh Pirates  AAA
March 22, 2021
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Reinstated and outrighted
OFPittsburgh Pirates  AAA
October 30, 2020
Kramer (hip) was reinstated from the 60-day injured list and outrighted to the minors Friday, Alex Stumpf of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
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Lands on IL
OFPittsburgh Pirates  AAA
Hip
June 29, 2020
The Pirates placed Kramer (hip) on the 10-day injured list Monday and then transferred him to the 60-day IL.
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Opts for hip surgery
OFPittsburgh Pirates  AAA
Hip
May 20, 2020
Kramer underwent surgery last week to repair the labrum of his right hip, Stephen J. Nesbitt of The Athletic reports. He'll be sidelined for 4-to-6 months before resuming full baseball activities.
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May need to wait for chance
OFPittsburgh Pirates  AAA
March 31, 2020
Kramer is likely to start the 2020 season playing for Triple-A Indianapolis, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
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