Erik Kratz
Erik Kratz
39-Year-Old CatcherC
New York Yankees
2020 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Erik Kratz in 2020. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year minor-league contract with the Yankees in December of 2019.
Remains in New York
CNew York Yankees  AAA
December 20, 2019
Kratz re-signed with the Yankees on a minor-league deal Friday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
ANALYSIS
The veteran didn't make his MLB debut until after his 30th birthday but has since gone on to receive big-league at-bats in 10 straight seasons. He doesn't offer much at the plate, hitting .194/.229/.312 over the last six seasons. He'll likely serve as little more than organizational depth this season.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
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1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+10%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+127%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+5%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+50%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .640 75 6 2 10 0 .209 .267 .373
Since 2017vs Right .583 199 13 5 18 1 .219 .263 .321
2019vs Left .673 11 0 0 1 0 .200 .273 .400
2019vs Right .297 42 1 1 2 0 .077 .143 .154
2018vs Left .611 63 6 2 9 0 .196 .254 .357
2018vs Right .644 156 12 4 14 1 .252 .290 .354
2017vs Left 2.000 1 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
2017vs Right 3.000 1 0 0 2 0 1.000 1.000 2.000
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+27%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+20%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+31%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+50%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .524 129 8 3 13 0 .192 .233 .292
Since 2017Away .665 145 11 4 15 1 .239 .292 .373
2019Home .402 28 1 1 2 0 .111 .143 .259
2019Away .336 25 0 0 1 0 .091 .200 .136
2018Home .543 100 7 2 11 0 .207 .250 .293
2018Away .710 119 11 4 12 1 .261 .305 .405
2017Home 2.000 1 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
2017Away 3.000 1 0 0 2 0 1.000 1.000 2.000
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Stat Review
How does Erik Kratz compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.14
 
BB Rate
3.8%
 
K Rate
26.4%
 
BABIP
.118
 
ISO
.102
 
AVG
.102
 
OBP
.170
 
SLG
.204
 
OPS
.374
 
wOBA
.174
 
Exit Velocity
85.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
31.6%
 
Barrels/PA
0.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Kratz knocked in a pair of runs in Game 2 of the NLDS after waiting until age 38 to finally play in a playoff game. It was a remarkable achievement for a player who didn't reach MLB until after his 30th birthday and who has appeared for seven different clubs, mostly as a third or fourth catcher. Heartwarming heroics aside, the veteran offered very little fantasy value and is unlikely to do so in 2019. His .236/.280/.355 line was in line with his career .211/.258/.363 mark. That's not enough to make for a particularly interesting option even if an injury were to open up a starting role. After the Yasmani Grandal signing, one of Kratz or Manny Pina will not break camp with the big club. At his age, the chance for a performance drop-off is far greater than the chance for a significant improvement, so unless your league has found a way to give points for catcher framing and veteran leadership, Kratz can safely be ignored during draft season.
Kratz arrived in Kansas City following a late-July deal with the Blue Jays and immediately usurped Brett Hayes as the primary backup to Salvador Perez. He appeared in 47 games last season between the Jays and Royals, but didn't contribute much from an offensive standpoint, slashing .218/.243/.391 with five home runs in 110 at-bats. The 6-foot-4 backstop will turn 35 in June, and has yet to see an opportunity for full-time work in the major leagues. This is unlikely to change in 2015, as Perez is one of the least-frequently rested catchers in baseball, appearing in 150 contests last season. Unless Perez's heavy usage finally catches up with him and he has to miss time due to injury, Kratz will once again serve in a limited role this season.
Kratz spent his first full season in the majors last season at the age of 33. He opened the year as the Phillies' starting catcher while Carlos Ruiz served a suspension, but outside of hitting some home runs, he did not do much with his opportunity. Kratz can have a little value as a second catcher in deep leagues thanks to his power potential, but his low contact rate makes him a batting average liability. The Blue Jays acquired Kratz as part of their overhaul behind the plate during the offseason, but he'll be placed in a backup role at best if he manages to make the Opening Day roster.
Kratz finally was rewarded for his determination last season as he received his first extended stint in the majors as a 32-year-old rookie. When Carlos Ruiz went down with an injury, Kratz seized the starting catching job away from Brian Schneider and sealed his role as Ruiz's backup for the 2013 season. Kratz has some pop in his bat, but his 20 percent HR/FB rate is likely unsustainable. With Carlos Ruiz suspended 25 games for a second positive amphetamine test, Kratz will be the starting catcher for the first month of the season and then resume a backup role.
Kratz will be in camp this spring as the Phillies' third catcher. He'll need an injury to Brian Schneider or Carlos Ruiz to have any shot at avoiding a return to Triple-A to start the season.
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Joins Yankees on minors deal
CNew York Yankees  AAA
June 8, 2019
Kratz signed a minor-league contract with the Yankees on Saturday, Erik Boland of Newsday reports.
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Parts ways with Tampa Bay
CFree Agent  AAA
June 7, 2019
Kratz cleared waivers and was released by the Rays on Thursday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Designated for assignment
CTampa Bay Rays  AAA
May 31, 2019
Kratz was designated for assignment by the Rays on Friday.
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Dealt to Tampa Bay
CTampa Bay Rays  AAA
May 16, 2019
Kratz has been traded from the Giants to the Rays for a player to be named later, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Designated for assignment
CSan Francisco Giants  AAA
May 13, 2019
Kratz was designated for assignment by the Giants on Monday.
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