Diamondbacks Find A Lot To Like With Krauss
PHOENIX—Marc Krauss came to the Diamondbacks in the second round of the 2009 draft as a polished hitter, the first player from Ohio University to be selected as player of the year in the Mid-American Conference.
But as farm director Mike Berger has noticed, "he is much more than just a sexy bat."
The Diamondbacks are pleased with the 22-year-old Krauss' progress in left field at high Class A Visalia, too, despite the fact that he missed the final month of his first professional season when a bone spur was surgically removed from his right ankle.
"He has really opened my eyes as to how athletic he is," Berger said. "He is good at reading balls off the bat. The improvement (is) in his outfield play . . . You see him in the outfield, the work he has done with (outfield coordinator) Joel Youngblood has paid off. He played above-average outfield when I saw him in May."
"He learned very quickly," said Youngblood, the Diamondbacks' roving outfield/baserunning coordinator who was promoted to the parent team's third-base coaching position when Kirk Gibson replaced A.J. Hinch as manager on July 1. "He understands what he has to do to be successful. That's the foundation of anybody's career, the mental aspect of what is correct and why it is correct. Once you develop the resources to grow from, the development begins to sprout."
As to the other side of the ball, "Everybody knew he was going to hit coming out of the draft," Berger said.
The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Krauss was hitting .326/.386/.549 and was among the California League top 10 in average, slugging, home runs (19), doubles (24) and RBIs (72) as the Rawhide battled for a playoff berth.
"What is there not to like?" Berger said. "He's a big, powerful guy. He is selective. He really understands the strike zone. The power has emerged. He has a very, simple efficient swing for a big guy who profiles to hit in the middle of the order."
• Outfielder Adam Eaton, another MAC alumnus from Miami (Ohio), was off to a fast start at Rookie-level Missoula, hitting .369/.514/.541 with 20 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in his first 111 at-bats. He was a 19th-round pick in June.
• Righthander Chase Anderson, a ninth-round pick in 2009, was 4-2, 3.31 with 57 strikeouts in 49 innings after a May promotion from low Class A South Bend to Visalia. The Diamondbacks put him in the bullpen to monitor his innings. Opponents were hitting .206 against him.