Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Erik The Great

Erik Kratz has slugged his way through two seasons on the Phillies organization.

Erik The Great

(Michael Perez/AP)
(Michael Perez/AP)

After his three-run home run in Sunday's eighth inning (above), Erik Kratz has played 162 games in the Phillies organization. (He signed as a minor-league free agent in November, 2010.)

He has a slugging percentage of .510 in those games:

Year     Team G H-AB 2B     3B    HR TB Slg.
2011  Lehigh Valley     103 103-358 19 0 15 167 .466
  Phillies 2 2-   6 1 0 0 3 .500
2012 Lehigh Valley 37 33-124 10 0 8 67 .540
  Phillies 20 15-  45 5 0 5 35 .778
  Totals     162     153-533     35 0 28     272     .510
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