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Friday, May 26, 2017

Mike Kraft, Showed Patience - 11

Mike Kraft showed patience in college, enough to make the school's record book.

Kraft worked a total of 63 walks for Delta State University in 1988, still the most walks awarded a Delta State hitter in a season. Over his four-season college career, Kraft earned 139 total walks, one off the career record.

Kraft used his college record to walk on to the pros. He played two seasons, one in rookie ball, the other in single-A.

Kraft's pro career began in 1989, signed by the Cardinals as an undrafted free agent out of Delta State University in Mississippi.

At Delta State, Kraft led off the bottom of the fourth with a single in an April 1987 game and later scored.

With the Cardinals, Kraft started at rookie Johnson City. He knocked seven home runs, tied for the team lead. He also led his team in RBI, with 37, and in slugging percentage, .455. He also hit .283 and walked 30 times.

He moved to single-A Springfield. In 109 games, he hit .241. He hit three home runs, recorded 36 RBI and walked 50 times. His second season as a pro also proved his last. He didn't play in a third.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,634
Made the Majors:1,024-38.9%
Never Made Majors:1,610-61.1%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 425
10+ Seasons in the Minors:261

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