The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that they have recalled infielder Kevin Kramer from Indianapolis. With Jason Martin now out for the season, a spot opened up for Kramer to get some playing time.
Kramer was with the Pirates twice earlier this season, but he played just one game and walked in his only plate appearance. He hit .260/.335/.417 in 113 games with Indianapolis this year, collecting 30 doubles and ten home runs. Defensively, he has played all four infield spots this season and both corner outfield positions, with most of his time spent at second base. His .752 OPS this season was 104 points below the mark he put up in 2018 with Indianapolis, and that’s despite the fact that the International League saw a huge increase in offense this season.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.