Marc S. Krauss (born October 5, 1987) is an American former professional baseball first baseman and outfielder. He has played in MLB for the Houston Astros, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Tampa Bay Rays, and Detroit Tigers.
Krauss with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
|First baseman / Outfielder|
|Born: October 5, 1987|
|June 21, 2013, for the Houston Astros|
|July 24, 2015, for the Detroit Tigers|
|MLB statistics |
(through 2015 season)
|Runs batted in||42|
Krauss played college baseball at Ohio University, where he was named an All-American. He was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2009, and was later traded to the Houston Astros in 2012. Krauss made his major league debut with the Astros in 2013.
Krauss attended Patrick Henry High School in Hamler, Ohio, where he played baseball, American football, and basketball. A wide receiver for the school's football team, he was named All-Ohio three times. He was also named All-Ohio as a catcher for the baseball team.
Despite receiving scholarship offers to play football for the University of Toledo and Bowling Green University, Krauss decided to pursue baseball. Krauss attended Ohio University, where he played college baseball for the Ohio Bobcats baseball team. In 2007, Krauss was named Mid-American Conference (MAC) Freshman of the Year. 2009, he was named an All-American and MAC Player of the Year. He set Bobcat records for home runs and slugging percentage.
The Arizona Diamondbacks drafted Krauss in the second round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft. In his professional debut, Krauss batted .304 in 32 games for the South Bend Silver Hawks of the Class A Midwest League, before his season ended due to an ankle injury. The Diamondbacks assigned him to the Visalia Rawhide of the Class A-Advanced California League in 2010.
In July 2012, the Diamondbacks traded Krauss and Bobby Borchering to the Houston Astros for Chris Johnson. The Astros assigned Krauss to the Corpus Christi Hooks of the Class AA Texas League. In August, the Astros promoted Krauss to the Oklahoma City RedHawks of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL).
The Astros promoted Krauss to the major leagues on June 21, 2013. Krauss had his first RBIs on a bases-loaded single in a 9–5 victory over the Texas Rangers, on July 6, 2013. Krauss hit his first home run on July 7, 2013 against Justin Grimm, in a 5–4 loss. Krauss played 52 games that season, finishing the year with a .209 batting average, 4 home runs and 13 runs batted in (RBI).
After the 2014 season, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim claimed Krauss off of waivers. They designated him for assignment on January 8, 2015. He stayed with the Angels for the beginning of the 2015 season but was sent outright to the Salt Lake Bees of the PCL.
On June 25, 2015, the Angels traded Krauss to the Tampa Bay Rays for pitching prospect Kyle Winkler. He was designated for assignment by the Rays on July 4. On July 6, 2015, Krauss was claimed off of waivers by the Detroit Tigers and started the next day. He homered in his first at-bat for the Tigers, exactly two years to the day after his first Major League home run. On August 22, 2015, Krauss was released by the Tigers.
Krauss is married to Kelcey Krauss. They had a daughter born in 2013, and another born in 2015.
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- "Visalia Rawhide players Marc Krauss and Ryan Wheeler are top prospects for the Arizona Diamondbacks". Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Advance-Register. April 8, 2010. Retrieved September 4, 2012.
- The Associated Press. "Houston Astros trade their third baseman for two Mobile BayBears". al.com. Retrieved September 4, 2012.
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- "Krauss joins Astros after Crowe placed on DL | astros.com: News". Houston.astros.mlb.com. May 24, 2013. Retrieved June 24, 2013.
- "Marc Krauss Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 3, 2014.
- "Angels claim 1B/OF Marc Krauss from Astros". Orange County Register. Retrieved January 8, 2015.
- "Braves acquire Sanchez from Angels for 2 prospects". ESPN.com. Associated Press. Retrieved January 8, 2015.
- "Rays obtain 1B/OF Marc Krauss for minor league pitcher". Associated Press. June 25, 2015. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
- Fenech, Anthony (July 6, 2015). "Detroit Tigers claim 1B Marc Krauss from Tampa Bay Rays". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved July 6, 2015.
- Crawford, Kirkland (August 22, 2015). "Tigers demote Valdez, cut Krauss to make room for Wolf". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
- "Mets sign four to Minor League deals". SNY. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
- "Astros' Krauss makes adjustments". Toledo Blade. Retrieved July 6, 2015.