Crouse Becoming An Impact Player

Lansing Lugnuts outfielder Michael Crouse has done a little bit of everything this season. He's played all three outfield positions, batted third and leadoff, hit for power (tied the team lead with his 9th home run in the 9th inning last Thursday), steal bases (24-for-30), and made his first All-Star game. It's been a whirlwind of a half season of baseball and many believe the best is yet to come.

"First half, I came up here and tried to take everything I learned in the spring and incorporate that into my first half," Michael Crouse said. "Working with J.T. [hitting coach John Tamargo) and my coaches I was able to do that and maintain what seemed to be a good first half.

"Going up to the All-Star game in Quad Cities was awesome," he said. "I hope for my future years in baseball that I attend more of those because it was great to meet some of the other premier guys around the league and hang out with them and see how they work."

It was also exciting for Crouse because he was able to go to the game with the company of fellow Lansing outfielders Jake Marisnick and Marcus Knecht.

"You know, going with your teammates, the starting outfield, was a great experience and it showed to be a nice little weekend."

Crouse also talked about the respect the Midwest League has for them as players and how great it was to be part of that group.

"Every guy in the clubhouse [at the All-Star Game] had a story about another guy, you know giving up a bomb or whatever, and it was great to hear some of those."

Crouse says that one of the biggest things that's helped him this year is his approach at the plate, as observers can tell he has an idea of what he wants to do when he steps up to the dish.

"You just got to go up there and be patient and get your pitch," Crouse said. "They're going to throw you a fastball, they're going to throw you a pitch to hit, you've just got to wait and not chase pitches in the dirt and hit the hangers. When they give you the fastball, make sure you drive it."

Crouse has what scouts call a mature approach as despite his aggressiveness (80 strikeouts in 74 games) he still takes his walks and carries a solid on-base percentage [28 walks, .343 OBP].

His manager, of course, is not worried about strikeouts and has been more than pleased with Crouse's season so far.

"He obviously had a great first half making the All-Star team," manager Mike Redmond said. "He's a young, strong, big guy. Hitting, throwing, fielding, base running, he's working on all aspects of the game. He works hard, he's a great kid and a great teammate. He's doing a tremendous job so far."

"To have more than one 5-tool player [on the team], you know, there's not a lot of them out there," Redmond said. "When they get everything going out there and they learn to play, it's fun to watch."

"He's fun to watch on those nights where you see the glimpses of what he's going to be like down the road," he said. "He stays healthy and continues to progress, he could be an impact player in the big leagues."


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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"First half, I came up here and tried to take everything I learned in the spring and incorporate that into my first half,\" Michael Crouse said. \"Working with J.T. [hitting coach John Tamargo) and my coaches I was able to do that and maintain what seemed to be a good first half.
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\r\n\"Going up to the All-Star game in Quad Cities was awesome,\" he said. \"I hope for my future years in baseball that I attend more of those because it was great to meet some of the other premier guys around the league and hang out with them and see how they work.\"
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\r\nIt was also exciting for Crouse because he was able to go to the game with the company of fellow Lansing outfielders Jake Marisnick and Marcus Knecht.
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\r\n\"You know, going with your teammates, the starting outfield, was a great experience and it showed to be a nice little weekend.\"
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\r\nCrouse also talked about the respect the Midwest League has for them as players and how great it was to be part of that group.
\r\n
\r\n\"Every guy in the clubhouse [at the All-Star Game] had a story about another guy, you know giving up a bomb or whatever, and it was great to hear some of those.\"
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\r\nCrouse says that one of the biggest things that's helped him this year is his approach at the plate, as observers can tell he has an idea of what he wants to do when he steps up to the dish.
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\r\n\"You just got to go up there and be patient and get your pitch,\" Crouse said. \"They're going to throw you a fastball, they're going to throw you a pitch to hit, you've just got to wait and not chase pitches in the dirt and hit the hangers. When they give you the fastball, make sure you drive it.\"
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\r\nCrouse has what scouts call a mature approach as despite his aggressiveness (80 strikeouts in 74 games) he still takes his walks and carries a solid on-base percentage [28 walks, .343 OBP].
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\r\nHis manager, of course, is not worried about strikeouts and has been more than pleased with Crouse's season so far.
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\r\n\"He obviously had a great first half making the All-Star team,\" manager Mike Redmond said. \"He's a young, strong, big guy. Hitting, throwing, fielding, base running, he's working on all aspects of the game. He works hard, he's a great kid and a great teammate. He's doing a tremendous job so far.\"
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\r\n\"To have more than one 5-tool player [on the team], you know, there's not a lot of them out there,\" Redmond said. \"When they get everything going out there and they learn to play, it's fun to watch.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"He's fun to watch on those nights where you see the glimpses of what he's going to be like down the road,\" he said. \"He stays healthy and continues to progress, he could be an impact player in the big leagues.\"
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