Hans Crouse
20-Year-Old PitcherRP
2018 Fantasy Outlook
For Arizona League scouts, "Have you seen Hans Crouse?" was a text message they received early and often, as the Rangers' second-round pick from the 2017 draft put up outlandish numbers over 10 abbreviated appearances (six starts). While his 96-99 mph fastball missed bats in and out of the zone, he utilized a potentially plus slider as a second putaway pitch, just for diversity's sake. His changeup is in the nascent stages, but he has several years to refine what is now a clear third offering. Even without a reliable changeup, his advanced command will allow him to have success against most minor-league hitters. The athletic 6-foot-4, 180-pound righty is already the Rangers' best pitching prospect, as he has legitimate frontline upside. Texas was very conservative with where they sent their pitching prospects last season, but Crouse is a uniquely talented arm that could require aggressive promotions in order to be challenged. He held AZL hitters to a .109 average last season, and may not receive a true test until he reaches the Texas League, likely in early 2019. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers in June of 2017 that includes a $1.45 million signing bonus.
Advances to Low-A
PTexas Rangers  A
August 8, 2018
Crouse was promoted to Low-A Hickory on Wednesday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
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Crouse, the Rangers' second-round pick in 2017, earned the promotion after recording a 2.37 ERA with a 31.1 percent strikeout rate in eight starts for short-season Spokane. The 19-year-old has potential frontline upside with a fastball that can touch 99 mph and a plus curveball. Scouts have questions about his unusual mechanics, but they haven't manifested in poor control so far, as he posted a solid 7.3 percent walk rate for Spokane.
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Fans 11 in shutout win
PTexas Rangers  A
July 14, 2018
Crouse allowed one hit and struck out 11 without a walk in seven scoreless innings for short-season Spokane on Friday.
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Spins five scoreless innings
PTexas Rangers  A
June 28, 2018
Crouse tossed five scoreless innings for short-season Spokane in a 5-2 win over Everett on Wednesday. He gave up two hits and two walks and struck out six.
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Suffers cut, scratched from start
PTexas Rangers  A
June 16, 2018
Crouse suffered a cut on his right middle finger during warmups and was scratched from a scheduled start for short-season Spokane on Friday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
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Missed time due to biceps
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May 8, 2018
Crouse was held back in extended spring training due to biceps tendinitis, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports.
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Held back in extended spring training
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April 7, 2018
Crouse is being held back in extended spring training, MLB.com's Jim Callis reports.
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