An impressive summer hitting with a wood bat on the Cape last summer has really helped Krauss' draft stock. He led the circuit in RBI (34) and OBP (.473) and finished fifth in hitting with a .344 average. His success stems from a polished and disciplined approach at the plate in which he works counts and rarely swings at bad pitches. He has a smooth left-handed swing, and while he has a strong, powerful build, his home run power has yet to develop. The power could very well come as he starts to drive pitches he can handle with greater regularity. Overall he resembles Dennis Raben, although his approach and productivity may draw comparisons to Kevin Youkilis at a similar stage in his career. While he's not the fastest of players, he moves well for his size, and should settle in at left field. If his power develops, first base could be his eventual home.
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