Marc Krauss

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Outfielder Marc Krauss was signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks and scout Frankie Thon Jr. as a second-round round pick in the 2009 amateur draft. He made his pro debut that summer with the South Bend Silver Hawks and hit .304 in 32 games. The next summer, with the Visalia Rawhide, he hit .302 with 27 doubles and 25 home runs in 138 games. In 2011, he moved up to AA with the Mobile Bay Bears, hitting .242 in 125 games, with 25 doubles and 16 homers. He scored 69 runs after having collected 107 for Visalia the previous season. He repeated at Mobile in 2012, playing 104 games with a batting line of .283/.416/.509, with 29 doubles and 15 homers. On July 29th, the Diamondbacks traded him to the Houston Astros along with his outfield mate Bobby Borchering in return for 3B Chris Johnson.

Krauss made his major league debut for the Astros against the Chicago Cubs on June 21, 2013; he struck out as a pinch-hitter against Matt Garza. He had started the season in AAA with the Oklahoma City RedHawks and was hitting .277/.393/.488 after 65 games. He played 52 games for Houston, hitting .209 with 4 homers and 13 RBIs. he began the 2014 season as Houston's starting first baseman, but disappointed by hitting only .173 through the end of May. With a bunch of hitting prospects coming up the Astros' talent pipeline, he was sent down to the minors. He came back on July 23rd and spent the remainder of the season in Houston, playing mainly in left field. He improved slightly, raising his batting average to .194 in 67 games, with 6 homers and 21 RBIs, but that was not enough to guarantee his long-term future with the team. He was placed on waivers and on December 8th was claimed by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

He only played briefly for the Angels, going 5 for 35 (.143) in 11 games in early 2015 before being traded to the Tampa Bay Rays on June 25th in return for minor league pitcher Kyle Winkler.

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