In what has been the most exciting season of Hooks baseball in the short history of the franchise, and quite possibly the greatest season yet for the team has been bolstered and propelled by recently acquired prospect Marc Krauss. Hooks baseball is seeing a Renaissance like season, having completely flipped the script from last year, 66-49 overall at this point into the season, making last year’s nightmare season of 50-90 all but a forgotten, distant, memory.
In his only seven games as a Hooks player, Krauss belted five home runs, all five coming in his first five games, making resounding shock waves in the Astros’ minor league system. In what is being called the Barnes ripple effect, where Brandon Barnes, another former Hook, making his MLB debut in place of Jordan Schafer who is hitting the 15-day DL, the effect has allowed Marc Krauss to be promoted to AAA Oklahoma City.The Astros have also added Krauss to the 40 man roster. To clear room on the 40-man roster, Class AAA reliever Juan Abreu was designated for assignment, giving the Astros 10 days to send him through waivers and trade him or if he clears, release him or outright him to the minors.
In his only week with the Hooks, Krauss also earned himself Texas League player of the week honors.
In his debut for the Redhawks, Krauss faced the Salt Lake City Bees, he started in left field, replacing Brandon Barnes. His momentum from the Hooks did not carried over, hitting 1-7 in two games, 1-3 and 0-4 respectfully, with one RBI, drawing one walk, and striking out once.
Krauss will make his Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark debut on Friday August 10, against a pitcher that is TBA.
– Richard Perez