Spokane Indians right-handed starter Hans Crouse was named Northwest League pitcher of the week, announced by the team via Twitter on Monday.
Crouse, the Texas Rangers second-round pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, was stellar in the team’s 2-1 win over the Eugene Emeralds on Friday night.
The 19-year-old, who is the Rangers No. 4 prospect according to MLB.com, dominated the Emeralds over seven shutout innings. He struck out 11 and allowed one hit – a second-inning double – with no walks, needing just 82 pitches to dispatch Eugene.
Crouse missed opening day with a cut finger and his previous start on July 9 against Vancouver was abbreviated by rain to one inning.
For the season, Crouse is 2-1 with a 2.21 ERA and 26 strikeouts in five starts over 20.1 innings. He has given up nine hits and seven walks, good for an 0.786 WHIP.
This was the Crouse everyone has been waiting to see.
“I told my pitching coach Jono (Armold) that tonight was going to be the first night that I’m going to get to show these people what I can do for them,” Crouse said Friday after the win.
“I’m glad I delivered.”
“He did a really good job maintaining his composure …and just competing,” catcher Isaias Quiroz said Friday.
“(Crouse) has a tremendous slider,” Quiroz added. “To me, it’s in the variation of a breaking ball-slider. It’s got a lot of break.
“Same thing with his fastball. The fastball moves with a little sinker action and moves pretty late. That’s the best I’ve seen it in a while.”
Crouse is scheduled to pitch on Wednesday at Everett at 11:05 a.m.
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