Hans Crouse

SP / Texas Rangers / EXP: YRS / MINORS Height: 6-5 Weight: 190 lb Age: 21 College: None Bats/Throws /

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    • Crouse is expected to open the season at High-A Down East, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Crouse, who ranks higher on some prospect lists than the 18th-ranked Rangers slot on RotoWire's prospect ranking, is coming off surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow that cut short his 2019 season. Perhaps it was that issue that led to a rise in home runs (1.2 per nine innings) and drop in strikeout rate (7.8) over 87.2 innings at Low-A Hickory. His normally mid-90s fastball was down a bit, while his slider was also less effective than a season prior. With the bone spur removed, Crouse entered camp healthy. Presuming the fastball and slider return to normal, the right-hander likely needs a third pitch other than his average changeup to continue fulfilling expectations at the advanced levels of the minors.

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    • Crouse said Saturday that he feels fully healthy again after undergoing surgery in July to address a bone spur in the back of his right elbow, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. The procedure was the first of two on the elbow for Crouse, who later had the bone spur surgically removed in the offseason. The 2017 second-round pick indicated he's still trying to find a feel for his pitches following the layoff, but he was at least able to complete a live batting practice session Thursday without issue. He's expected to begin the upcoming campaign at High-A Down East.

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    • Crouse's bone spur in his elbow was surgically removed Wednesday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports. Crouse dealt with the issue during the season but was able to put off the procedure until the offseason. He finished the year with a 4.41 ERA in 87.2 innings at Low-A Hickory. It's unclear if his preparation for next season will be affected by the surgery.

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    • Crouse has a bone spur in the back of his right elbow and will need a cleanup procedure following the season, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. This news confirms an earlier report that the right-hander was pitching through a spur, but it wasn't clear where exactly it was. Crouse is currently at Low-A Hickory and is 2-1 with a 4.02 ERA and 1.11 WHIP after 11 starts.

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    • Crouse is pitching through a bone spur, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports. It is unclear exactly where the bone spur is, but it could be in his right elbow. He gave up seven runs on seven hits in 2.1 innings in his most recent outing for Low-A Hickory, and has a 4.02 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 45:9 K:BB in 47 innings (11 starts) this season.

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