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AFL Recap: Kevin Kramer Reaches Base Four Times in Debut

Kevin Kramer made his AFL debut on Thursday afternoon. Photo Credit: David Hague
AFL Recap: Kevin Kramer Reaches Base Four Times in Debut
John Dreker

The Glendale Desert Dogs played their third game on Thursday afternoon. After losing the opener, Mitch Keller picked up the win in game two on Wednesday by throwing three shutout innings. Thursday was a quiet game for Pittsburgh Pirates, as Kevin Kramer was the only one in the starting lineup, though he had a big day at the plate. Glendale defeated Surprise by an 8-2 score.

As mentioned in our AFL preview, Kramer was playing shortstop during the Fall Instructional League and the plan in the AFL was to get him more time at the spot. Since being drafted, he has played just four games at shortstop, all during the 2015 season. At the plate, he had a chance to break open Thursday’s game early, coming up with a runner on third base and a 3-0 score. Kramer grounded out to second base to end the inning. He would come through in the third inning in a big spot, making the score 5-0 with an RBI single.

With two outs in the fifth inning, Kramer picked up a double. He would score Glendale’s sixth run on a single from the next hitter. Kramer walked in his fourth plate appearance on seven pitches, then he drew another walk in the eighth inning. He finished the day 2-for-3 with two walks, an RBI and a run scored.

On defense, Kramer had his first play with two outs in the third inning, handling a grounder to end the frame. In the fifth, he caught a line drive and doubled a runner off of first base. Those would end up being his only two plays on defense.

** JT Brubaker is the only Pirate player who hasn’t made his debut yet. Glendale hasn’t announced their fourth or fifth starting pitchers yet, so he could be in the rotation.

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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