Erik Kratz, C, 2014.
Kratz was drafted by the Blue Jays in the 29th round of the 2002 draft, and spent the first seven seasons of his professional career in the Blue Jays farm system before he left as a free agent. After he made his MLB debut with the Pirates in 2010, and also spent some time with the Phillies, Kratz was traded back to the Blue Jays organization prior to the 2014 season where he was part of a catching trio along with Dioner Navarro and Josh Thole. In 34 games with the Blue Jays that season, Kratz hit .198/.226/.346 with 3 home runs and 10 RBIs before he was traded to the Royals, along with relief pitcher Liam Hendriks, for Danny Valencia. .
Kratz signed this ball for me in 2014 while he was a member of the Buffalo Bisons. .