Texas Rangers: Hans Crouse Dominating in Single-A Hickory
By Kenneth Nash
The Texas Rangers top prospect has many people looking to the future. But what is Hans Crouse doing right now, in 2019?
The Texas Rangers have a number of young arms developing in the lower ranks of their minor league system. The one with seemingly the brightest future is right-hander Hans Crouse. The 20-year old skyrocketed up prospect rankings in 2018 and has all eyes on him in 2019 with Single-A Hickory.
Crouse, a 2nd round pick out of high school in 2017, got the nod as part of Single-A Hickory’s rotation to open up the 2019 season after spending much of 2018 with Low-A Spokane. Crouse’s first 3 starts with the Crawdads have been nothing short of marvelous and has fans anxious to see him climb up the ranks.
To start off the year, Crouse is 2-0 with a 1.26 ERA and a runs allowed per 9 innings average of just 1.88. He’s been practically unhittable through his first 14.1 innings to start out the year with a WHIP of just 0.349. He’s allowed just 5 total hits and has yet to issue a single walk. He’s given up just 1 home run and struck out a stunning 19 through his first 3 starts.
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Crouse is a quirky starter on the mound with a delivery that seems unique pitch-by-pitch. That doesn’t take away from his riding fastball that sits well into the 90s nor his devastating slider. He still has plenty of room to develop and needs to find a 3rd pitch to prove his long-term viability as a starter.
The Texas Rangers view Crouse as an ace-quality prospect that will headline their rotation for years when he reaches Arlington. At only 20-years old, he’s got plenty of time to continue honing his craft and Texas will be in no rush to fly him through the system. At the most, he may get to High-A Down East by the end of the year but wherever he’s pitching, no doubt, Rangers fans should be paying attention to young Hans Crouse.