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Nats Acquire LHP Ian Krol To Complete The Mike Morse Deal

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Wednesday, Mar. 27/2013

Ian krol is a 6 FT 1 and 190 LB native of Illinois who was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 7th Round of the 2009 Amateur Draft,.

Ian Krol is a 6 FT 1 and 190 LB native of Illinois – who was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 7th Round of the 2009 Amateur Draft, He was selected right out of high school and jumped two levels of the Minor Leagues before he even hit the age of 19.  Controversies and in injuries then ensued. Last year he played with Stockton (A+) and Midland (AA) – going 3 – 9 with a 5.20 ERA.

By Sean Hogan (Nationals Correspondent via Citizens of Natstown.com – view website here): 

The Nationals already came out ahead in the Michael Morse trade, acquiring two Righties with upside in A.J. Cole and Blake Treinen. Last Wednesday, they added to the previous bounty when the player to be named later was named:was… wait for it……..

LHP Ian Krol. The Lefty, who was once lauded by prospect gurus Kevin Goldstein and Keith Law in 2010, has fought through some self-inflicted drama as well as some minor injuries since then; the Nationals are picking him up in hopes that he’ll continue to be “a joy to watch” as Goldstein mentioned and will build upon his solid 2012 season.

Krol is a pitcher, not a thrower. His mechanics are excellent, throwing from a ¾ arm slot, and he has no issues locating his three pitches. Like former Nats prospects Tommy Milone and Danny Rosenbaum, Krol lacks velocity, topping out at 90-91 MPH. In order to keep climbing up the ladder, he must continue to exhibit excellent command on the hill and induce ground balls.

Ian Krol Bullpen Session:

Krol's best year in the Minors was in 2010 - where he went 10 -4 with a 2.80 ERA in 138.2 IP.  The man also features a Career WHIP of 1.157 in 244.2 Innings Logged.

Krol’s best year in the Minors was in 2010 – where he went 10 -4 with a 2.80 ERA in 138.2 IP. The man also features a Career WHIP of 1.157 in 244.2 Innings Logged.  He has primarily been a starter but has also had some time in the Bullpen.

Krol is mentioned all the time as being a fierce competitor with a feel for pitching that is much more mature than most others. He’s not afraid to attack batters inside, and uses his above average changeup and excellent curveball (called “demoralizing” by the clever Ryan Sullivan of NatsGM) to make up for his fastball velocity deficiency.

Statistically, Krol has one excellent season under his belt (2010), two incomplete years (2009 and 2011) and one mediocre one (2012). It’s difficult to draw conclusions from his 2012 season, where he went 2-9 with a 5.20 ERA in 97 Innings; Krol pitched almost all of his innings in an extreme hitters’ league and was coming off of a 2011 season where he only threw 5 Innings.

His ground ball tendencies make him unlikely to allow the 1.2 HR/9 he gave up in 2012 again in the future, and his 3.42 K/BB ratio remained excellent. This makes him a likely bounce-back candidate in 2013.

While some people are concerned with Krol’s makeup, it appears that he has grown up a lot since tweeting out a homophobic slur that led to a 2 month suspension in 2011.

His high school suspension due to being in the presence of alcohol is something I can’t fault him for (we all were teenagers at some point), and would be completely forgotten if controversy hadn’t struck in again later on (for example, nobody mentions Tyler Clippard‘s high school DUI anymore).

As long as Krol is a model citizen in the Nats organization, it is fair to forgive and forget the 21 year old’s past issues.

Krol’s accolades in his four seasons with the A’s organization are impressive. He won the club’s Minor League Pitcher of the year award in 2010 and was recognized that winter by Baseball America as having the best curveball and control in the A’s system. This is not the first time Mike Rizzo has targeted a pitcher from a colder weather area.

Krol, a Chicago-area native joins Major League success stories such as Jordan Zimmermann (Wisconsin), Ross Detwiler (Missouri), Aaron Crow (Missouri, didn’t sign). Krol is a fairly known quantity at this point and can become a Major League pitcher by keeping the ball on the ground and not walking batters.

The Nationals were dealing from a position of strength and Michael Morse was on the last year of his current contract – while the team traded for Denard Span.   With Morse smashing the ball in Spring Training, plus John Jaso fitting into Oakland’s “Moneyball” philosophy This trade might just work out for all teams. 

Micheal Morse had his best year in 2011 with the Nationals, where  he hit .303, with 31 HRs and 95 RBI during his  515 AB.  This was his only real full year as a Starting Position Player..  The club has 3 Pitchers in return for his talent.  Morse was acquired by the Nats in 2009 for Josh Willingham.  I would say the Nas did good in this Roster Tree.

Micheal Morse had his best year in 2011 with the Nationals, where he hit .303, with 31 HRs and 95 RBI during his 515 AB. This was his only real full year as a Starting Position Player in his Career. The  Nats received 3 Pitchers in return for his talent. Morse was acquired by the Nats in 2009 for Ryan Langerhans. I would say the Nats did good in this Roster Tree.  Langerhans has hit under .200 since his departure from Washington.  Morse hit for a 3 Slash Line of .294/.343/.857 with 67 HRs and 208 RBI in just 1246 AB for Washington.  A.J. Cole is still rated a top 100 Prospect by Baseball America.

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A big thank-you goes out to our ‘Nationals Correspondent’ Sean Hogan  for preparing today’s featured article.  Sean is a Pro bono sports writer for Citizens of Natstown,and also writes for his own place on the internet at   http://dcisforbaseball.blogspot.com    You can follow Sean  Twitter and talk about the game of baseball – which he says about 99% of his twitter and his life revolve around America’s favoritepast time.  

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at https://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/

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