Hans Crouse
20-Year-Old PitcherRP
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Nobody likes Crouse's delivery -- high-effort, upright and finished with a pronounced head whack -- but he has premium stuff and has yet to go through notable struggles in pro ball. He logged a 23.8 K-BB%, 2.63 FIP and 0.95 WHIP as one of the youngest pitchers in the Northwest League, but his production dipped after a late-season promotion to Low-A. Crouse was still successful at preventing runs, but his strikeout rate fell from 31.1% to 19.7% and his walk rate jumped from 7.3% to 10.5%. He does not generate groundballs at a high clip, so he will need to miss a lot of bats as he climbs the ladder. The 6-foot-4, 180-pound righty's delivery is atypical, but also deceptive, which allows his mid-90s fastball to play up as an elite pitch. His slider has a chance to develop into a second plus offering, while his changeup projects to be closer to a 50-grade pitch. Crouse could be a high-end reliever or a No. 2 starter, depending on how his command develops. 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.
Having start skipped
PTexas Rangers  A
May 11, 2019
Crouse's next scheduled turn through the rotation at Low-A Hickory will be skipped as part of an effort to manage his innings, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
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Crouse was dominant in his four starts for the Crawdads before meeting more resistance from opponents in his last two outings. He's thrown 28 innings thus far, more than half of the 54.2 he threw in 2018, with another 16 weeks left in the season.
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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.
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Dominating at Low-A
PTexas Rangers  A
April 11, 2019
Crouse gave up one hit and struck out nine in five shutout innings in his second start for Low-A Hickory.
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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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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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