Kramer will make his first major league start Friday against Miami.
The infielder popped out to shallow right field in his first career at-bat Wednesday. Kramer, who bats left-handed, will face righty Dan Straily, against whom lefties are hitting .262 with an .823 OPS. Kramer is likely Pittsburgh's most promising September recall from an offensive standpoint, especially with outfielder Austin Meadows traded away to Tampa Bay.
General manager Neal Huntington said on his Sunday radio show it wouldn't be fair to recall Kramer if he was only going to play sporadically. At the same time, Huntington also said that Colin Moran and Adam Frazier will see extensive time at third base and second base in September, the two positions Kramer plays. Kramer had an OPS breakout season in 2017 (.850 OPS) and has continued hitting this year. He slashed .311/.365/.492 with 15 homers and 13 stolen bases at Triple-A. While he probably won't see consistent action, he'll likely get an opportunity to show off his skills for 2019.
Kramer went 5-for-5 with a double and a stolen base for Triple-A Indianapolis in its 10-3 win over Gwinnett on Thursday.
It's the second career five-hit performance for Kramer, who pushed his season average up to .294 with the stellar day at the dish. The 2015 second-round pick was lauded mainly for his ability to spray the ball to all fields coming out of UCLA, but Kramer has tapped into more power than anticipated in his fourth season of pro ball. He has already tallied 11 home runs and 37 extra-base hits on the campaign, surpassing his totals in both categories from each of the past three years.
Kramer went 5-for-16 in Grapefruit League play, including five extra-base hits and five walks. The infielder saw a surge of power for Double-A Altoona before breaking his hand last summer, slashing .297/.380/.500 in 202 at-bats. With his increased offensive production, the second baseman has forced his way into Pittsburgh's plans, especially given Josh Harrison's uncertain future with the organization..
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