Hans Michael Crouse…was a Rawlings-Perfect Game 1st Team All-American as a senior at Dana Hills (Calif.) High School, compiling a 0.88 ERA over 67.0 IP while recording 99 SO…named the 2017 Orange County Register Pitcher of the Year…led Dana Hills to the championship game of the National High School Invitational in Cary, N.C…also pitched for Team USA in the under-18 gold medal-winning game against Cuba and recorded 11 strikeouts over seven scoreless innings…tabbed by Baseball America as the 37th-best prospect in the draft, while MLB.com ranked him at 31…had committed to the University of Southern California... brother, Marrick, attended USC and currently pitches in the Atlanta organization…graduated from the same high school as former Texas right-hander Tanner Scheppers…signed by Rangers scout Steve Flores.
Did not see official game action after minor league season was canceled due to pandemic…was expected to pitch in Fall Developmental League, but returned home to tend to a personal matter…enters 2021 rated as the ninth-best prospect in the Texas farm system (Baseball America).
Rated as Texas’ 6th-best prospect entering 2020 according to Baseball America…achieved career highs in wins (6), starts (19), innings (87.2), and strikeouts (76) for Low-A Hickory, finishing the season as the South Atlantic League’s 17th-best prospect (BA)…on injured list from 6/14-22 (right elbow impingement) and 8/29-end of season (bone spur in right elbow)…underwent surgery to remove bone spur on 10/2…went 2-0, 2.82 (14 ER/44.2) with 9 BB/42 SO over 1st 10 G/GS and was 3-1, 6.39 (27 ER/38.0 IP) with 8 BB/3 SO in final 8 G/GS…RHB slashed .222/.274/.346/.620 compared to .288/.341/.526/.867 by LHB... posted career-best 2.0 BB/9 in addition to career-low 7.8 SO/9... tabbed by Baseball America as Texas’ top prospect entering 2019, and was rated “Best Fastball” in the organization.
Rated as the 2nd-best prospect in the Northwest League and a Short-Season All-Star by Baseball America...was a mid-season All-Star selection in the circuit…began season with Spokane and was promoted to Hickory on 8/11...at time of promotion, led NWL (min. 35 IP) in ERA (2.37), opponent average (.179), wins (5), SO/9 (11.13), and WHIP (0.95)...named NWL Pitcher of the Week for 7/9-15 after whiffing 11 over 7.0 SHO IP on 7/13 vs. Eugene...notched career-high 12 SO on 7/25 vs. TriCity (7.0 IP, 1 R-ER)...permitted one-or-zero ER in 10 of 13 starts...limited RHB to .194/.242/.242/.484 slash line, compared to .232/.330/.341/.671 for LHB...posted 0.49 HR/9 mark for 2nd straight season.