You could say Marc Krauss made as strong a case as he could for his inclusion on the Houston Astros‘ 25-man roster right out of the gate. Krauss put together a 2-for-3 game with an RBI out of the all-important three-spot in the batting order.
While it may have been an excellent start for the dark horse candidate in the outfield, he still has so much more to prove that he’s worthy of a roster spot.
Krauss’ 2013 season was well below average. His .209 average with 45 strikeouts in 134 at-bats are nothing short of terrible — plain and simple. But if there is one silver lining to be found in Krauss’ numbers, it’s that he finished strong.
In his first three months with the Astros, he never eclipsed the .220 mark. But that changed in September, as he put up a .263 average. His power numbers were steadily lackluster throughout, however, and his strikeouts were a common theme no matter what month you choose to investigate.
At 26 years of age, Krauss finds himself in a similar spot that teammate J.D. Martinez is in. It’s time to shed the prospect status and put up some MLB-level consistency. If that is unattainable, then there is no other option.
Even if Krauss has a superb Spring Training to build on a decent September, it’s still unlikely he’ll make that Opening Day roster. With Dexter Fowler, George Springer, Robbie Grossman and L.J. Hoes all well ahead of him in the pecking order and much younger as well, Krauss has to put up some numbers that are just impossible to brush off.
It doesn’t look good for Krauss, but he did get started on the right foot.