Max Kranick

Born: July 21, 1997
Height: 6′ 3″
Weight: 200
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 11th Round, 345th Overall, 2016
How Acquired: Draft
High School: Valley View HS, Archbald, PA
Agent: N/A


Kranick was rated 84th overall by Baseball America, along with 179th by and 88th by Keith Law. He got high ranks due to a fastball that already sat in the low 90s, touching 95, at the time of the draft.  His delivery still needed some work.  He relied a lot on a changeup and was working on a 12-to-6 curveball to replace his slider.  The Pirates figured to have a difficult time signing Kranick away from his commitment to the University of Virginia, but they managed to do so two weeks after the draft for $300,000, which is $200,000 above the slot value for all picks after round 10.

R:  1-2-0, 2.43 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 33.1 IP, 1.1 BB/9, 5.7 K/9

Kranick had a good debut, not missing a lot of bats but showing excellent control.  He had a huge platoon split, allowing a .946 OPS to left-handed hitters and only .407 to right-handed hitters.  Of course, the sample sizes were very small.

Kranick will almost certainly head to Bristol in 2017, which is standard for the Pirates with prep pitchers in their first full seasons.

2017: Minor league contract
Signing Bonus: $300,000
MiLB Debut: 2016
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2022
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2020
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
June 11, 2016: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 11th round, 345th overall pick; signed on June 27.

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