Any time Chris Johnson gets a clutch hit for the Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros fans have to wonder what exactly they were missing when Johnson was suiting up in Houston just a few years ago. From a player that was up and down between Triple-A and MLB for the majority of his time in Houston to the NL batting champ last year, the Astros have to feel like they may have missed out.
That being said, Johnson wasn’t given away for nothing. He was initially traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for prospects Brian Borchering and Marc Krauss. Krauss was supposed to be near MLB-ready given his advanced age. Now that he’s approaching 27 years of age, this year was a big year for Krauss.
The year started out right where he left off, with Krauss struggling to hit .200. But Krauss may finally be onto something, as in his past 10 games, he’s hitting a solid .308 with a home run and six RBIs. Even more importantly though, he’s struck out only seven times compared to eight walks. As it usually is with the Astros, plate discipline is probably one of the most important things to follow.
At a time where Jesus Guzman and Chris Carter are continuously sputtering, it’s great to see young guys like Krauss, Matt Dominguez and George Springer filling the shoes that have been waiting to be filled for the past three years. Krauss still only has three home runs and 11 RBIs on the year, so we’re still waiting to see his full power potential, but anyone that can potentially put up a .300 average is always going to be welcome.