Kruml Still Getting His Feet Wet

This past winter, Raymond Kruml suited up for the Indios de Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican Professional Baseball League. The Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre right fielder played for them throughout November and December. He was managed by current skipper Dave Miley. In 20 games, the 2008 11th round draft pick batted .220 (13-59) with four RBIs.

"Playing winter ball in Puerto Rico helped me stay in game shape," Kruml said. "I got used to [Miley's] managerial style and it's been easier understanding what he wants."

Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre Yankees hitting coach Butch Wynegar believes this will only help.

"He knows Miley well and he knows his role here," Wynegar said. "He is getting playing time and he needs it. He is not trying to do too much."

Kruml spent the majority of 2011 at Double-A Trenton. The 26-year-old hit .290 with 35 RBIs and 131 hits in 114 games. Kruml played 12 games for Scranton, batting .150.

To prepare for his first full season in Scranton, Kruml continued to use the same routine he has used for the past four off-seasons.

"Offensively, I worked on bunting and becoming more disciplined on strikes," Kruml said. "I'm trying to redefine things and be a better player."

Spring Training presented Kruml with more practice opportunities. He spent weeks working on fundamentals, defensive strategies, and taking batting practice.

"They cover all the bases," Kruml said. "It can be long but it is good to get out there and get to work and prepare for the long season. It's good to know the guys who I'll be going to battle with everyday."

Triple-A has presented Kruml with pitchers he has never faced before. "Guys are older and they know how to pitch," Kruml said. "They don't miss as much and if you see a pitch to hit you better hit it."

This season, Kruml is batting .194 (6-31) with just four RBIs. Wynegar, however, is confident in Kruml's ability to turn it around and have an offensive outburst.

"Triple-A has an adjustment time and good hitters come through here and can struggle to make those adjustments," Wynegar said. "Pitch selectivity has to do with it as pitchers can do more with the baseball here. He just needs to get more consistent with his swing path. He is still trying to get his feet wet here."

Kruml is not concerned with his offensive production through the early stages of the season.

"Patience, just keep doing what I can and things will fall," said Kruml. "If I keep with the approach then I will come out ahead. I'm not worried about numbers. I'm just trying to get more developed."

Kruml has enjoyed spending time with the major league experienced veterans on the roster such as Colin Curtis, DeWayne Wise, and Jack Cust.

"I've gotten little tidbits here and there from them," said Kruml. "It's motivating and it's been an experience to see how hard the players play."

Kruml is looking forward to more at-bats and seeing where the season takes him.

"He has the ability, he is quick, and he is a very hard worker," Wynegar said. "That can get him into the big leagues one day. He will be fine."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"Playing winter ball in Puerto Rico helped me stay in game shape,\" Kruml said. \"I got used to [Miley's] managerial style and it's been easier understanding what he wants.\"
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\r\nScranton/ Wilkes-Barre Yankees hitting coach Butch Wynegar believes this will only help.
\r\n
\r\n\"He knows Miley well and he knows his role here,\" Wynegar said. \"He is getting playing time and he needs it. He is not trying to do too much.\"
\r\n
\r\nKruml spent the majority of 2011 at Double-A Trenton. The 26-year-old hit .290 with 35 RBIs and 131 hits in 114 games. Kruml played 12 games for Scranton, batting .150.
\r\n
\r\nTo prepare for his first full season in Scranton, Kruml continued to use the same routine he has used for the past four off-seasons.
\r\n
\r\n\"Offensively, I worked on bunting and becoming more disciplined on strikes,\" Kruml said. \"I'm trying to redefine things and be a better player.\"
\r\n
\r\nSpring Training presented Kruml with more practice opportunities. He spent weeks working on fundamentals, defensive strategies, and taking batting practice.
\r\n
\r\n\"They cover all the bases,\" Kruml said. \"It can be long but it is good to get out there and get to work and prepare for the long season. It's good to know the guys who I'll be going to battle with everyday.\"
\r\n
\r\nTriple-A has presented Kruml with pitchers he has never faced before. \"Guys are older and they know how to pitch,\" Kruml said. \"They don't miss as much and if you see a pitch to hit you better hit it.\"
\r\n
\r\nThis season, Kruml is batting .194 (6-31) with just four RBIs. Wynegar, however, is confident in Kruml's ability to turn it around and have an offensive outburst.
\r\n
\r\n\"Triple-A has an adjustment time and good hitters come through here and can struggle to make those adjustments,\" Wynegar said. \"Pitch selectivity has to do with it as pitchers can do more with the baseball here. He just needs to get more consistent with his swing path. He is still trying to get his feet wet here.\"
\r\n
\r\nKruml is not concerned with his offensive production through the early stages of the season.
\r\n
\r\n\"Patience, just keep doing what I can and things will fall,\" said Kruml. \"If I keep with the approach then I will come out ahead. I'm not worried about numbers. I'm just trying to get more developed.\"
\r\n
\r\nKruml has enjoyed spending time with the major league experienced veterans on the roster such as Colin Curtis, DeWayne Wise, and Jack Cust.
\r\n
\r\n\"I've gotten little tidbits here and there from them,\" said Kruml. \"It's motivating and it's been an experience to see how hard the players play.\"
\r\n
\r\nKruml is looking forward to more at-bats and seeing where the season takes him.
\r\n
\r\n\"He has the ability, he is quick, and he is a very hard worker,\" Wynegar said. \"That can get him into the big leagues one day. He will be fine.\"
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