It’s been a season of comings and goings. No one knew for sure that they’d be on the Houston Astros roster come the next morning. Likewise, no player in the Triple-A or even Double-A affiliates knew if they’d be called up the next morning. Marc Krauss was one such case.
At nearly 26 years of age, it’s time that Krauss starts proving that he belongs on the MLB roster.
He didn’t make a strong case initially, hitting .091 in June, .220 in July and .120 in August. All this was coming from a guy who hit .281 with 10 home runs and 39 RBIs in 253 at bats in the Minors. He also only struck out 52 times in that span.
Fast forward to the Majors, he definitely sputtered at the start, but it seems in September he’s getting his feet underneath him, hitting a respectable .288. His power numbers are still waiting to pop and his strikeout count is way over what he averaged in the minors, but he’s making strides.
Again though, the problem becomes his age. As stated, at 25 years old, it’s time to become a Major League player, not a prospect. Krauss may not be one of the biggest Astros’ prospects, but he could make a useful utility player capable of keeping competition on the starters.
He’s definitely worth a roster spot going into 2014. It’s too small of a sample size to judge if he belongs in the Majors yet, and the Astros have been good (sometimes too good) about giving guys every possible opportunity to make an impact.