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  1. Sure, but how many teams need three catchers on their 25-man MLB roster?

    Comment by Get Untracked — July 16, 2009 @ 1:35 pm

  2. By third catcher, I mean the guy that can come up if/when the top two are hurt. Sorry for the confusion… In Pittsburgh he’s at least fourth on the depth chart, if not fifth.

    Comment by Marc — July 16, 2009 @ 1:51 pm

  3. Tim Wakefield, Erik Kratz. Kratz, Wakefield.

    Now go play nice together.

    Comment by steve — July 16, 2009 @ 2:35 pm

  4. Please send this article to Jim Hendry ASAP.

    Comment by Cubbie — July 16, 2009 @ 2:41 pm

  5. “Sure, but how many teams need three catchers on their 25-man MLB roster?”
    The Mariners could use one real catcher. It sounds as if Kratz could be as good as any of their “#2” catchers.

    Comment by Colm — July 16, 2009 @ 4:09 pm

  6. Kratz went to Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia – not Pennsylvania.

    But great article! Thanks for sharing this story.

    Comment by Ben — July 17, 2009 @ 7:23 pm

  7. You, are right about Kratz, I watched him play 7/26/09 against The Buffalo Bisons at Indianapolis he is a good catcher with an excellent arm his hitting is very suspect
    and I think that lack of consistancy at the plate is his major disadvantage. to making it to the majors.

    Comment by Michael N — July 27, 2009 @ 9:09 am

  8. Further adding to the great Erik Kratz story is the fact that, ALMOST exactly a year to the day after this article was written, he gets his first callup to the bigs. DURING the All-Star game. This is almost prophetic in retrospect. Nice!

    Comment by Finn — July 15, 2010 @ 9:10 am

  9. I’m also a grad of Eastern Mennonite; and Erik’s record there was outstanding. I believe any team who would have him would improve their team. Good article on his potential. I pray he will get a chance to show what he can do. way one

    Comment by wayne kratzer — April 14, 2011 @ 2:44 pm

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