Hans Crouse
21-Year-Old PitcherRP
Texas Rangers A+
2020 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Hans Crouse in 2020. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers in June of 2017 that includes a $1.45 million signing bonus.
Expected to start at Down East
PTexas Rangers  A+
April 8, 2020
Crouse is expected to open the season at High-A Down East, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
ANALYSIS
Crouse, who ranks higher on some prospect lists than the 18th-ranked Rangers slot on RotoWire's prospect ranking, is coming off surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow that cut short his 2019 season. Perhaps it was that issue that led to a rise in home runs (1.2 per nine innings) and drop in strikeout rate (7.8) over 87.2 innings at Low-A Hickory. His normally mid-90s fastball was down a bit, while his slider was also less effective than a season prior. With the bone spur removed, Crouse entered camp healthy. Presuming the fastball and slider return to normal, the right-hander likely needs a third pitch other than his average changeup to continue fulfilling expectations at the advanced levels of the minors.
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March 21, 2019
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
Nobody likes Crouse's delivery -- high-effort, upright and finished with a pronounced head whack -- but he has premium stuff and has yet to go through notable struggles in pro ball. He logged a 23.8 K-BB%, 2.63 FIP and 0.95 WHIP as one of the youngest pitchers in the Northwest League, but his production dipped after a late-season promotion to Low-A. Crouse was still successful at preventing runs, but his strikeout rate fell from 31.1% to 19.7% and his walk rate jumped from 7.3% to 10.5%. He does not generate groundballs at a high clip, so he will need to miss a lot of bats as he climbs the ladder. The 6-foot-4, 180-pound righty's delivery is atypical, but also deceptive, which allows his mid-90s fastball to play up as an elite pitch. His slider has a chance to develop into a second plus offering, while his changeup projects to be closer to a 50-grade pitch. Crouse could be a high-end reliever or a No. 2 starter, depending on how his command develops.
For Arizona League scouts, "Have you seen Hans Crouse?" was a text message they received early and often, as the Rangers' second-round pick from the 2017 draft put up outlandish numbers over 10 abbreviated appearances (six starts). While his 96-99 mph fastball missed bats in and out of the zone, he utilized a potentially plus slider as a second putaway pitch, just for diversity's sake. His changeup is in the nascent stages, but he has several years to refine what is now a clear third offering. Even without a reliable changeup, his advanced command will allow him to have success against most minor-league hitters. The athletic 6-foot-4, 180-pound righty is already the Rangers' best pitching prospect, as he has legitimate frontline upside. Texas was very conservative with where they sent their pitching prospects last season, but Crouse is a uniquely talented arm that could require aggressive promotions in order to be challenged. He held AZL hitters to a .109 average last season, and may not receive a true test until he reaches the Texas League, likely in early 2019.
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Feeling healthy again
PTexas Rangers  A+
March 8, 2020
Crouse said Saturday that he feels fully healthy again after undergoing surgery in July to address a bone spur in the back of his right elbow, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
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Gets bone spur removed
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Elbow
October 2, 2019
Crouse's bone spur in his elbow was surgically removed Wednesday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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Has bone spur in elbow
PTexas Rangers  A+
July 13, 2019
Crouse has a bone spur in the back of his right elbow and will need a cleanup procedure following the season, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
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Pitching through bone spur
PTexas Rangers  A+
July 12, 2019
Crouse is pitching through a bone spur, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
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Having start skipped
PTexas Rangers  A+
May 11, 2019
Crouse's next scheduled turn through the rotation at Low-A Hickory will be skipped as part of an effort to manage his innings, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
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