Ray Kruml, CF
South Alabama L/R, 6-0, 175
Hometown: Wheaton, Ill.
Status: Signed, Reporting to Staten Island Yankees (A)
With their 11th round pick in the 2008 MLB Draft (350th overall), the Yankees selected speedy South Alabama centerfielder Ray Kruml.
According to Jaguars Coach Steve Kittrell, Kruml’s best tool is his speed. A sernior, he led the Sun Belt Conference with 31 stolen bases and played an above-average centerfield where his legs, coupled with a strong arm, makes him a plus-defender.
“He has outstanding speed,” Kittrell said by email. “He can steal bases and he reads pitchers well.”
Kruml posted a .350 batting average this season, reaching base at a .421 clip. He’s shown the ability to hit when down in the count but will need to refine his two-strike approach to succeed at the next level. Batting leadoff, Kruml considerably improved his power numbers, raking eight home runs, 21 doubles, and 46 RBIs.
South Alabama has a history of developing solid outfielders (Luis Gonzalez, Juan Pierre, and Adam Lind). Kruml will start off in the New York-Penn League with Staten Island.