Medium frame, some strength in build, no more projection.
Mechanics: Quick to the load position; Uses a slight leg kick; Mild leverage on the swing path; Minimal amount of load on the back foot; Remains balanced throughout and after his stroke.
Altoona Curve (AA, Pirates)
Nothing jumped off the page in terms of his character, played hard and was always in the game mentally.
40; Bench player
Fairly short, linear swing; solid barrel control; average bat speed; lets the ball travel and can drive pitches up the middle and to oppo field; doesn’t get his hands in to pull pitches down the line, which could makes him susceptible to to getting jammed.
Not much pop; lacks much of a load and has a more line-drive approach; could change his approach to produce more power, but would take away from his better hit tool.
Clocked at 4.18 from home to first; not a liability on the base paths and can score on a ball in the gap; don’t expect him to be much of a difference maker in terms of steals.
Hands and range make up for his lack of arm strength; very comfortable moving to both sides; doesn’t have the athleticism to be an anything more than a capable player with the glove.
Slightly below-average arm that is playable at second base; Has enough arm strength to turn a close double play; Lacks the arm strength to play at any other position.
Kramer is a solid, but unspectacular prospect that is overshadowed by his fellow middle infielder, Kevin Newman. Nevertheless, his hit tool should still play as average because of his ability to spray the ball all over the field. He doesn’t have a power approach, so he won’t make much of an impact there, but he does have the fielding chops and a reasonable enough arm to play second base effectively. Kramer could start as a second division regular if he begins to handle inside pitches better, but his upside is not so high.