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Ian A. Krol (born May 9, 1991) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Minnesota Twins organization. He previously played for the Washington Nationals, Detroit Tigers, Atlanta Braves, and the Los Angeles Angels.

Ian Krol
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Krol with the Atlanta Braves
Minnesota Twins
Born: (1991-05-09) May 9, 1991 (age 28)
Hinsdale, Illinois
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
June 5, 2013, for the Washington Nationals
MLB statistics
(through 2018 season)
Win–loss record8–6
Earned run average4.50

Professional careerEdit

Oakland AthleticsEdit

Krol was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the seventh round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft out of Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, Illinois.[1] He was selected despite not pitching in his senior year due to being suspended for the entire season for an alcohol-related offense, his second violation of the district athletic code of conduct (his first violation, in his junior year, led to a seven-game suspension).[2][3]

After missing time due to an elbow injury, Krol made his professional debut on August 27, starting for the AZL Athletics. After that, he made three appearances (one start) with the Low-A Vancouver Canadians. Krol played most of 2010 with Single-A Kane County Cougars, where in 24 games (23 starts), he went 9–4 with a 2.65 ERA, striking out 91 in 118​23 innings, and was a mid and post-season all-star. He also made four starts for High-A Stockton at the end of the year, going 1–0. Krol missed the first three months with an elbow injury, and was pitching in a rehab assignment in the Arizona League before he was suspended for the rest of the season—more than two months—for a tweet that included a graphic "gay slur along with some other offensive language".[4][5][6]

Krol began 2012 with the Ports as a starter, where in 15 starts, he went 1–7 with a 5.62 ERA. In late July, he was moved to the bullpen to reduce his projected innings pitched total. He performed well in that role, earning a promotion to the Double-A Midland RockHounds.[7] In 29 combined appearances (15 starts), he went 2–9 with a 5.20 ERA, striking out 89 batters in 97 innings.[8]

Washington NationalsEdit

Krol was acquired by the Washington Nationals in March 2013 as a player to be named later in the trade that sent Michael Morse to the Seattle Mariners, John Jaso to Oakland, and A. J. Cole and Blake Treinen to the Nationals.[9] He was assigned to Double-A Harrisburg to begin the year, where he got off to a hot start. In 21 games with the Senators, he had a 0.69 ERA, striking out 29 in 26 innings.

He was called up to the majors for the first time on June 4, 2013.[10] He made his major league debut the next day against the Mets, striking out the side in one scoreless inning of work. After a short stint with the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs at the end of August, Krol returned to the Nationals for September. In 32 games with Washington, he went 2–1 with two holds and a 3.95 ERA, striking out 22 in 27​13 innings.

Detroit TigersEdit

Krol with the Tigers in 2014

On December 2, 2013, Krol was traded to the Detroit Tigers, along with infielder Steve Lombardozzi and pitcher Robbie Ray, for starting pitcher Doug Fister.[11] On July 31, 2014, Krol was optioned to the Tigers AAA affiliate, the Toledo Mud Hens. He was called up by the Tigers on September 8, 2015 as a September call-up.[12] In 33 games with Detroit, Krol went 2–3 with a 5.79 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 28 innings.

Atlanta BravesEdit

On November 20, 2015, the Tigers traded Krol and pitcher Gabe Speier to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for outfielder Cameron Maybin and cash considerations.[13] He was invited to spring training, and sent down to begin the 2016 season with the Triple A Gwinnett Braves.[14]

Los Angeles AngelsEdit

On February 6, 2018, Krol signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels.[15] After being designated for assignment on May 28, he requested and received his release on May 31.[16][17]

New York MetsEdit

Krol signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets on June 10, 2018.[18] He was released by the organization on September 2, 2018.

Cincinnati RedsEdit

On January 29, 2019, Krol signed a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds that included an invitation to spring training.[19]

Minnesota TwinsEdit

On June 18, 2019, Krol signed a minor league deal with the Minnesota Twins.

Pitch selectionEdit

Krol throws four pitches. He has a four-seam fastball in the 93–95 MPH range, a cut fastball between 88–90 MPH, a curveball between 77–79 MPH, and an above-average changeup averaging 83–85 MPH.[20]


  1. ^ "Ian Krol Stats". Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  2. ^ Lynch, Matt (March 28, 2009). "Neuqua Valley pitcher Ian Krol suspended for season". Chicago Tribune.
  3. ^ Neuqua Valley loses Ian Krol for season - Daily Herald
  4. ^ Pouliot, Matthew (July 10, 2011). "A's suspend top pitching prospect Ian Krol for tweet". NBC Sports.
  5. ^ Ian Krol says he's matured since slur suspension - SFGate
  6. ^ A's Prospect Ian Krol Suspended for Offensive Tweet Involving Gay Slur | Larry Brown Sports
  7. ^ Anderson, Jason (August 10, 2012). "A's still making changes with Stockton's roster". The Record.
  8. ^ "Ian Krol Minor Leagues Statistics & History". Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  9. ^ Comak, Amanda (March 20, 2013). "Nationals acquire LHP Ian Krol from A's to complete Michael Morse trade". The Washington Times. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  10. ^ Slovin, Matt (June 4, 2013). "Nationals shake up roster: Rendon in, Espinosa out". USA Today.
  11. ^ Ladson, Bill (December 3, 2013). "Nationals land Fister from Tigers for three players". Major League Baseball. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  12. ^ Beck, Jason (September 8, 2015). "Tigers call up 4, designate Fields". Retrieved September 8, 2015.
  13. ^ Laymance, Austin (November 20, 2015). "Tigers acquire Maybin in trade with Braves". Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  14. ^ Bowman, Mark (March 26, 2016). "Lefty Krol among 4 Braves sent to Minor Leagues". Retrieved March 26, 2016.
  15. ^ Adams, Steve (February 6, 2018). "Angels Sign Ian Krol To Minor League Deal". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  16. ^ Byrne, Connor (May 28, 2018). "Angels Designate Ian Krol". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  17. ^ Todd, Jeff (May 31, 2018). "Ian Krol Elects Free Agency". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  18. ^ Pollshuk, Mark (June 10, 2018). "Mets Sign Ian Krol". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  19. ^ Todd, Jeff (January 30, 2019). "Reds Sign Ian Krol". Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  20. ^ "Ian Krol at". Retrieved April 21, 2014.

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