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Erik Kratz | Catcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (34) / 6/15/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Erik Kratz entered the game as a pinch-hitter and hit two solo home runs in his only two plate appearances in Monday's win against the Twins.
The home runs were Kratz's first two as a Royal after joining the team in a July 28 trade with the Blue Jays. Kratz's first home run extended the Royals' lead to 4-0 in the seventh, and his second came in the ninth inning to make it a 6-1 game. Including his time with the Jays, Kratz has five home runs, 12 RBI, and a .234/.258/.426 slash line in 97 plate appearances. Aug 18 - 11:35 PM

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Royals acquired C Erik Kratz and RHP Liam Hendriks from the Blue Jays in exchange for 3B Danny Valencia.

Kratz has hit .198/.226/.346 with three homers over 34 games for the Jays this season. He's show pop in his career with 21 homers over 501 plate appearances and is likely to take over as Salvador Perez's primary backup.
Jul 28 - 7:18 PM

Blue Jays optioned C Erik Kratz to Triple-A Buffalo.

The Blue Jays are expected to make multiple roster moves in advance of Tuesday's game. Kratz has hit .198 with three homers and a .572 OPS over 84 plate appearances with the Jays this season.
Jul 22 - 2:26 PM

Blue Jays recalled C Erik Kratz from Triple-A Buffalo.

Kratz has hit .221/.254/.382 with three homers in 71 plate appearances this season for the Jays. He's not going to receive much playing time.
Jul 9 - 1:36 AM

Blue Jays optioned C Erik Kratz to Triple-A Buffalo.

Kratz has hit .221/.254/.382 in 71 plate appearances this season as a backup catcher for the Blue Jays.
Jun 23 - 2:07 PM

Blue Jays recalled C Erik Kratz from Triple-A Buffalo.

He's replacing Dioner Navarro, who was placed on the bereavement list. Kratz will share time behind the plate with Josh Thole.
May 14 - 2:21 PM

Blue Jays optioned C Erik Kratz to Triple-A Buffalo.

The Blue Jays also placed Sergio Santos (elbow) on the disabled list while calling up right-hander Chad Jenkins and infielder Jonathan Diaz. Kratz is hitting .231 (6-for-26) with two home runs and six RBI in 11 games with the Blue Jays this season.
May 12 - 4:06 PM

Erik Kratz went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's win over the Phillies.

Kratz hit what appeared to be at the time an important home run, a two-run shot in the seventh inning to put the Jays up 3-0. It was the start of a nine-run frame against starter Cliff Lee and the Phillies' bullpen. Kratz singled later in the inning as well. Kratz has only had a small amount of playing time but has a .522 slugging percentage in 23 trips to the plate.
May 7 - 9:40 PM

Blue Jays recalled C Erik Kratz from Triple-A Buffalo.

The Jays are looking for some flexibility as they prepare to play five games in National League parks. Kratz has two hits -- including a home run -- in 10 at-bats this season for Toronto.
Source: Sportsnet.ca
May 2 - 10:55 AM

Blue Jays optioned C Erik Kratz to Triple-A Buffalo.

Kratz appeared in seven games with the Blue Jays, going 2-for-10 (.200) with a homer and four RBI. He'll continue to provide depth at Triple-A and should get another opportunity with the Jays soon enough.
Apr 13 - 4:53 PM

Erik Kratz launched a pinch-hit homer in Monday's loss to the Rays.

Kratz was just called back up Sunday when Casey Janssen went on the DL and took David Price deep in the eight to break up Tampa's shutout. As the third catcher, most of his playing time while he's up will probably be as a pinch-hitter.
Mar 31 - 8:21 PM

Blue Jays recalled C Erik Kratz from Triple-A Buffalo.

He takes the roster spot of the injured Casey Janssen (back). Kratz will serve as a third catcher.
Mar 30 - 3:33 PM

Blue Jays optioned C Erik Kratz to Triple-A Buffalo.

The news was tweeted by Kratz's agent, which means that Josh Thole has won the backup catcher job. It's a surprising decision, as Kratz hit .400 (10-for-25) with two homers this spring, but apparently the Jays value Thole's ability to catch knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.
Mar 26 - 9:00 AM

Erik Kratz hit a pair of homers against his former team to lead the Blue Jays past the Phillies 3-1 on Thursday.

The Phillies traded Kratz to the Jays for Brad Lincoln back in December. Kratz has been competing with Josh Thole for the backup gig in Toronto this spring, but there's little doubt that he'll be the choice. He's hitting .455 in 22 at-bats.
Mar 20 - 4:38 PM

Blue Jays acquired C Erik Kratz and LHP Rob Rasmussen from the Phillies for RHP Brad Lincoln.

Kratz figures to operate as Dioner Navarro's backup, meaning Josh Thole will likely no longer be on the roster. The 33-year-old backstop has batted .228/.291/.435 while slugging nine homers each of the last two seasons with the Phillies.
Tue, Dec 3, 2013 09:41:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Erik Kratz
3Francisco Peña
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
2Johnny Giavotella
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Jayson Nix
3Christian Colon
LF1Alex Gordon
2Terrance Gore
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Jarrod Dyson
3Lane Adams
RF1Norichika Aoki
2Moises Sierra
DH1Billy Butler
2Josh Willingham
3Raul Ibanez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1James Shields
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Yordano Ventura
5Danny Duffy
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Jason Frasor
5Francisley Bueno
6Scott Downs
7Louis Coleman
8Brandon Finnegan
9Casey Coleman
10Aaron Crow
11Michael Mariot
12Luke Hochevar