Franklin Regional graduate Michael Krauza joins New York Mets organization

The New York Mets now hold pitcher Michael Krauza’s contract and, if all goes according to his plan, he will climb through the minor league ranks.

This could be the big break the hard-throwing right-hander is looking for.

Krauza, a Franklin Regional graduate, will leave the Cleburne (Texas) Railroaders of the American Association of Pro Baseball and join the Mets, likely with their High-A team, the Brooklyn Cyclones, pending a physical.

Krauza has played for multiple teams since graduating from high school in 2015.

“I didn’t really think about the trip too much, oddly enough,” Krauza said. “I was so lucky to play professionally at Cleburne and was just trying to be where my feet were. I’m going to do my best to keep doing just that – living in the moment.

In 15 games this season outside the bullpen, Krauza is 0-1 with a 2.00 ERA, 23 strikeouts and three walks in 18 innings.

The maturation of Krauza’s game owes a debt to adversity. He didn’t make rosters at Franklin Regional as an eighth and ninth grader and saw limited time in college.

He went to Xavier to play club baseball “for fun”, but was transferred to St. Bonaventure, where he injured his arm and saw the backhand slow his progress.

After three years with Division I Bonnies, he left for Division II Mercyhurst, where he regained his form and became an All-American.

He was a 10-game winner in 2021 and led NCAA Division II in strikeout ratio, totaling 71 strikeouts for four walks.

If nothing else, Krauza is persistent. He emailed Division I coaches looking for a place to play when St. Bonaventure turned a curious eye and gave him a chance.

“So many times this game has felt like it was made for me, and God keeps letting me keep playing,” Krauza said. “I don’t know why yet, and maybe I never will, but I’m just going to be grateful for everything, even the ups and downs.

Bill Beckner Jr. is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Bill by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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