The Texas Rangers top pitching prospect, Hans Crouse, is giving fans a reason to be hopeful as he dominates in Low-A Spokane.
The Texas Rangers are in desperate need of acquiring pitching at this year’s trade deadline. A bright spot is, they may have a needed top end arm already in their system. Right-hander Hans Crouse has made swift work of Low-A ball this year as he continues his dominance on the mound for the Spokane Indians.
Crouse found a way to make a bad night better when he took the sting out of a Rangers loss Wednesday. Crouse had one of his best starts of the season going 7 innings, allowing just 6 hits and a single earned run in the Indians 7-1 win over Tri-City. Crouse moved to 4-1 on the season and has dropped his ERA to an impressive 2.45. He’s struck out 41 in 33 innings this season while walking just 9 batters. With a WHIP of .909 his most impressive stat this season is that opponents are hitting just .174 against him this season.
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At 6’4″, Crouse has a fastball that can get up to 98-99 MPH but sits in the mid-90’s most of the time. His strikeout pitch is his plus slider that he can manipulate the movement and velocity on which makes it a weapon in a two strike count. He’s working to improve his changeup and control which could help put him over the top as a pitcher. While he has a delivery that’s hard to repeat, he manages and shows signs of being a top-end starter.
Crouse was a 2nd round draft pick of the Rangers in the 2017 draft. At just 19 years old, he probably won’t reach Arlington for at least a couple of more seasons. His development is something the Rangers want to put a lot of time in as they really are banking on him to be successful.