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5 things to know about the newest new Rays catcher, Erik Kratz

Starting with, he’s pretty old at 38, especially for a catcher. Also, he went to Eastern Mennonite University.
Erik Kratz will join the Rays for Friday's game after being acquired from the Giants.
Published May 17

Five things to know about the Rays’ latest new catcher, Erik Kratz, who was acquired Thursday night from the Giants:

* He is 38 (and will turn 39 on June 15), which makes him old for any player, especially a catcher. The Rays have had only four older position players, Wade Boggs, Julio Franco, Fred McGriff and Jose Molina. Last year with Milwaukee Kratz became oldest player to make his postseason debut since Jose Morales in 1983 with the Dodgers, and to start in his postseason debut in more than 100 years, since Lave Cross did at 39 for the Philadelphia A’s in 1905.

* He was the 866th overall pick (14th in the 29th round) in the 2002 draft by Toronto out of Eastern Mennonite (Va.) University, where he earned a degree in business administration. He and Larry Sheets are listed as the only big-leaguers from Division III EMU, which bills itself as a private liberal arts school "known for academic excellence and affordability with a focus on service, social justice, and global engagement.''

* He made it to the majors for the first time at age 30, playing for the Pirates on July 17, 2010. He has spent parts of each season since in the majors.

* The Rays are the 14th major-league organization he has been part of and will be his ninth big-league team.

The 14, in order with some repeats, and teams he played for in the majors marked with an asterisk:

Blue Jays, drafted by

Pirates*, signed as free agent

Phillies*, signed as free agent

Blue Jays*, traded to

Royals*, traded to

Red Sox, claimed on waivers

Mariners, signed as free agent

Phillies*, signed as free agent

Padres, signed as free agent

Astros*, traded to

Angels, signed as free agent

Pirates*, purchased

Blue Jays, signed as free agent

Indians, signed as free agent

Yankees*, purchased

Brewers*, traded to

Giants*, traded to

Rays, traded to

* In 2016 he became the first player in the modern era (since 1900) to catch and pitch for two different teams, taking the mound for Houston and Pittsburgh.


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