Kranick was a solid high school prospect from Pennsylvania, one who most figured would be heading to the University of Virginia as the 2016 Draft approached. The Pirates had some bonus pool money left over and a good feel for what Kranick wanted to do, enabling them to go over the $100,000 pick value for a post-10th round pick and giving him $300K to sign in the 11th round. While his first full season was limited by some shoulder fatigue early, he did advance to full-season ball in 2018 and finished strong there.
Strong and physical, Kranick has the chance to have three usable pitches he can throw for strikes. He was up to 96 mph with his fastball in 2018, sitting mostly in the 92-93 mph range, using both a four- and two-seamer. What he profiles as in the future will be about how his secondary stuff continues to develop. The 6-foot-3 right-hander entered pro ball with a bit of a hybrid power breaking ball that's become more of a firm slider that flashes above-average. His changeup is still a work in progress.
The Pirates have managed Kranick's workload carefully, not sending him to full-season ball in 2018 until late May. He'll continue to start for now, with the gloves coming off as he moves up a rung, with the possibility he ends up as an effective fastball-slider reliever.
Bradenton Marauders activated RHP Max Kranick from the 7-day injured list.
Bradenton Marauders placed RHP Max Kranick on the 7-day injured list retroactive to August 7, 2019.
RHP Max Kranick assigned to Bradenton Marauders from Pirates Extended Spring Training.
RHP Max Kranick assigned to Pirates Extended Spring Training from Bradenton Marauders.
RHP Max Kranick assigned to Bradenton Marauders from Greensboro Grasshoppers.
Max Kranick roster status changed by West Virginia Power.
West Virginia Power placed RHP Max Kranick on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to August 23, 2018.
RHP Max Kranick assigned to West Virginia Power from Bristol Pirates.
RHP Max Kranick assigned to Bristol Pirates from GCL Pirates.