Former Fisher Cats catcher Erik Kratz has returned to the Blue Jays organization. Kratz was acquired by the Jays from the Phillies as part of a three-player deal. He is expected to compete for the back-up catching role, something he filled more than ably in Philadelphia, when spring training opens up in February.
Kratz has four years of major league experience since he left the Blue Jays in 2008. He made his debut with Pittsburgh in 2010 and then spent the next three years with the Phillies. The bulk of his big league experience came over 2012-13 when he hit 18 total home runs in just 118 games.
Originally a 29th-round draft pick of the Blue Jays in 2002, Kratz made it to Double-A for the first time in 2003. He then spent parts of the next five seasons playing in New Hampshire with the Fisher Cats. He actually played against the Fisher Cats this past summer on a rehab assignment with the Reading Fightin Phils.