Pro Notebook: PWC Natives Kraft, Farrar Help Lake Erie Reach Frontier Playoffs


September 5 - Steven Kraft spent the summer as one of the top outfielders in the independent Frontier League, and the late-season addition of outfielder Logan Farrar gave the Lake Erie Crushers another Prince William County native in the middle of their lineup during their playoff push. 

Kraft, a Battlefield graduate who was released in spring training after spending last year in the Pittsburgh Pirates system, finished among the top five in the league in batting average (.293), on-base percentage (.394) and steals (25). In early August, Lake Erie added Farrar, a Woodbridge grad who was released on July 29 while in the midst of his third season in the Oakland A’s system. 

The addition quickly paid off, as Farrar hit .308 and the Crushers won 15 of their final 20 games and ran away with the league’s East Division title. 

Lake Erie trails its best-of-five division series with the Florence Freedom, 2-0, and will look to stay alive when it hosts Game 3 tomorrow night. The Crushers would also host Game 4 on Sunday and Game 5 on Monday if they’re able to extend the series. 

McBroom Gets Hit in 1st MLB At-Bat, Adds 2 More Next Night

Ryan McBroom (Courtland) was traded from the New York Yankees to Kansas City on Sunday, was added to the Royals’ roster on Tuesday afternoon, then started at first base and singled in his first career Major League at-bat that night against the Detroit Tigers. 

“It’s a dream of a lifetime,” McBroom told the Kansas City Register. “It happened super fast. It was like Christmas Eve times a million, and I’m just super excited to be here and ready to roll with this group of guys.”

He started in right field last night, going 2-for-4 with an RBI as Kansas City won its fourth straight. The 27-year-old Fredericksburg native is looked upon by the Royals’ front office as a potential long-term option at first base. 

McBroom has hit .288 with 102 career home runs in his six minor league seasons. 

Angels Recall Bour as Teams Expand Rosters

Justin Bour (Westfield) was recalled by the Los Angeles Angels last week, his third stint with the club in what has been a frustrating season for the first baseman. 

After slugging 83 home runs over the previous four years, Bour has struggled in his first season with the Angels. He’s been sent down to the minor leagues twice and entered today hitting .181 with eight homers and 26 RBI in 144 at-bats. He has struck out in his two pinch hit opportunities since being called up over the weekend. 

Bour, 31, signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract last winter and is likely to hit free agency again this offseason. He has hit .254 with 92 homers and 303 RBI in six seasons with Miami, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. 

Photos of, clockwise from left, Logan Farrar courtesy of Morning Journal, Steven Kraft courtesy of Lake Erie Crushers, Ryan McBroom courtesy of MLB.com, and Justin Bour courtesy of Associated Press