Kramer is likely to start the 2020 season playing for Triple-A Indianapolis, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
He had a decent camp, batting .333 in 15 March at-bats, but he still faces plenty of competition as a utility player. He also has a pair of minor-league options remaining. Kramer moved back and forth between the infield and outfield during Grapefruit League play, showing some of the versatility that could give him an eventual shot in the big leagues. Playing primarily as a second baseman in the minors, he's shown extra-base pop with a career slash line of .286/.357/.429. At 26, however, time is running out for him to make a name for himself, at least with the Pittsburgh organization. He's struck out 37 times in 79 career at-bats at the major-league level.
Kramer was recalled by the Pirates on Wednesday.
Kramer has been called up by the Pirates twice this season, making a grand total of one plate appearance. The 24-year-old posted a mediocre .260/.335/.417 slash line for Triple-A Indianapolis this season after hitting .311/.365/.492 at the same level last season. He's played all over the infield as well as the outfield corners this season.
Kramer was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Kramer was up with the Pirates for just one day, drawing a walk in his only plate appearance. He'll head back to the minors to make room for Trevor Williams, who returns from the paternity list.
The Pirates recalled Kramer from Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday.
Kramer had a cup of coffee with the Pirates earlier in April but didn't see any action during his brief stint with the big club. Over 296 plate appearances with Indianapolis this season, Kramer has slashed .270/.348/.413 with five home runs and four steals while drawing starts at three infield positions (second base, shortstop and third base) and both corner-outfield spots.
The Pirates optioned Kramer to Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday, Nubyjas Wilborn of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Kramer stuck with Pittsburgh for less than a week and never made an appearance during his time with the big club. He was deemed an expendable luxury with the team bringing back Kyle Crick (triceps) from the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move.
Kramer was called up from Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday.
Kramer got his first taste of big-league action last season but failed to impress, going 5-for-37 at the plate. He's up to replace Kevin Newman, who landed on the injured list with a finger laceration, in a corresponding move.
The Pirates optioned Kramer to Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
He hit .207 with one homer and seven RBI this spring but had no true chance of making the Opening Day roster, barring injury. General manager Neal Huntington said that Kramer will move around the infield and possibly play in the outfield for Indianapolis. according to Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic. Kramer slashed .311/.365/.492 at Triple-A in 2018 but hit just .135 with 20 strikeouts in 37 at-bats for the Pirates in September.
Kramer is unlikely to crack the Opening Day roster because of a crowded middle-infield picture, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.
Both Erik Gonzalez and Kevin Newman -- two players battling for the starting shortstop job -- are capable of backing up Adam Frazier at second base, as are Nick Franklin and Pablo Cruz. Kramer struggled immensely upon making his major-league debut in September, batting .135 with 20 strikeouts in 40 at-bats. Still, the 24-year-old has hit well throughout his time in the minor leagues and will likely get another chance -- just not at the beginning of 2019. "Kevin Kramer has not forgotten how to hit," said general manager Neal Huntington. "He isn't the first good hitter to come up and struggle his first time at the major-league level." While Kramer is primarily a second baseman, he offers versatility as a potential backup at both shortstop and third base. He was one of only three International League players to reach double digits in both homers (15) and steals (13) in 2018 while slashing .311/.365/.492.
Kramer went 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts against the Brewers on Sunday.
The rookie has three hits in 25 September at-bats, striking out 15 times. Kramer was thought to be a leading contender for a bench spot to open 2019, but he's looked overmatched. Fellow infielder Pablo Reyes may have moved ahead of him in the pecking order. With infielders Jordy Mercer and Josh Harrison both likely to leave the team this winter, opportunity remains for Kramer, but he'll need to rediscover the stroke which helped him to slash .311/.365/.492 at Triple-A in 2018.
Kramer went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts against the Cardinals on Wednesday.
Kramer never struck out much in the minors until he began hitting for power. He whiffed 127 times in 476 at-bats for Triple-A Indy in 2018. Despite making only 19 starts at third base in his minor-league career, Kramer played third Wednesday and acquitted himself nicely. He's 3-for-17 with three singles and a walk since being recalled.
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. The rookie is likely Pittsburgh's most promising September callup from an offensive standpoint, especially with outfielder Austin Meadows traded away to Tampa Bay.
The Pirates recalled Kramer from Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday.
General manager Neal Huntington said on his Sunday radio show it wouldn't be fair to recall Kramer if he were 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.
The Pirates sent Kramer to minor-league camp Thursday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
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.
Kramer (hand) was activated from the 7-day disabled list and appeared in four games for Double-A Altoona during the Eastern League playoffs, going 1-for-13 in those contests.
Kramer had been sidelined for three months with a fractured right hand, which he suffered when he was struck by a pitch in a June 10 game. After Altoona clinched the league championship, Kramer reported to the Pirates' spring training facility in Bradenton, Fla., to get in further swings ahead of the Arizona Fall League, Sam Dykstra of MiLB.com reports. While Kramer looked rusty for Altoona after the lengthy absence, he could elevate his stock in dynasty formats next spring with a strong showing in AFL play. The lefty-hitting Kramer has impressed the Pirates with his strong plate discipline since he was selected out of UCLA in the second round of the 2015 first-year player draft, though it's come with a paucity of power, as the second baseman has amassed only 10 home runs in 888 career minor-league at-bats.
Kramer (broken hand) will not play again this season for Double-A Altoona, Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror reports.
A pitch broke his hand in early June, putting an end to what had been a promising start to his 2017 season. Kramer hit .297/.380/.500 with six home runs and seven steals in 202 at-bats.
Kramer broke his hand in June after being hit by a pitch, J.J. Cooper of Baseball America reports.
Kramer was having a really solid year with Double-A Altoona before being placed on the disabled list June 11, batting .297 with six home runs to earn on a spot in the Eastern League All-Star Game. He hasn't been able to receive any action since then, a tough blow for a young prospect who had been exceeding expectations before the injury.
Kramer leads the Eastern League with a .380 batting average in 92 at-bats.
The second-base prospect has been slightly overshadowed by shortstop Kevin Newman, but he's making a name for himself in 2017. Kramer hasn't hit for much power -- he has three homers and nine RBI through 25 games -- but his career 89:117 BB:K demonstrates a strong knowledge of the strike zone. The 23-year-old still lags behind Newman as a middle-infield prospect, but he's turning heads in Altoona.
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