Timothy John Kruger...On Twitter: @jack_kruger35...Enters sixth pro campaign in 2021 with fifth consecutive invite to MLB Spring Training camp...Founded BallerBuilder.com, which helps high school and junior college players and their parents understand, and navigate the college baseball/softball recruiting process...Is a 2013 graduate of Oaks Christian HS (Westlake Village, CA)…Earned honorable mention All-American status by Perfect Game in 2011 and 2012...Named first-team All-CIF Division IV and Ventura County Player of the Year as a senior in 2013....In college, played true freshman season in 2014 at University of Oregon, appearing in 28 games (17 starts)…Played sophomore season at Orange Coast College (Costa Mesa, CA) in 2015, appeared in 46 games and hitting .310 in 168 at-bats...Earned tournament MVP honors at California Community College Athletic Association State Championship...For junior season, transferred to Mississippi State University in 2016, where he majored in management...Hit .344 (72/209) with 43 runs, 19 doubles, eight HR and 30 RBI in 54 games...Bulldogs were No. 6 overall seed in NCAA Tournament and reached NCAA Super Regionals where they were eliminated by the University of Arizona.
Was a non-roster invitee to Angels Spring Training, for fourth straight year...Spent the season at Alternate Training Site in Long Beach...Did not get selected to Angels active roster.
Played entire season with Double-A Mobile in 2019, hitting .240 (83/346) with 28 runs, 13 doubles, a triple, three home runs and 34 RBI...Named a Southern League Mid-Season All-Star...Hit .267 (46/172) the second half of the season after beginning the year hitting .213 (37/174)...Batted No. 3 in lineup 66 of 92 games and batted cleanup 12 times...Hit .266 (25/94) and reached base at a .357 clip with RISP...Had 23 multi-hit games, three 3-hit performances and a 4-hit game on June 25 in Birmingham...Went 5-for-15 with four runs, a home run and 6 RBI in Spring Training...Hit a go-ahead 3-run HR in the seventh and a tying 3-run triple in the ninth in a 12-11 win vs. Rangers on March 11.
Split 2018 season between Adv.-A Inland Empire and Double-A Mobile...In 97 combined games, hit .299 (118/395) with 50 runs, 22 doubles, one triple, seven home runs, 40 RBI and 13 stolen bases...Established career bests in several offensive categories including hits, doubles, home runs, RBI, stolen bases, OBP (.357) and slugging (.413)...His .299 clip ranked tied for fourth among all Halo farmhands...Named 2018 Cal League Mid-Season All-Star...Hit .400 (12/30) in final week with Inland Empire before promotion to Mobile...In first 11 games at Double-A level, hit .383 (18/47) with eight runs, three doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI... Logged 16 multi-hit games in 41 contests with BayBears...Also posted career-best .991 fielding percentage in 83 combined games caught (three errors in 292 total chances)...Threw out 28 of 96 would-be basestealers on season (29%).
2017 marked second season in Angels system...Split campaign between Low-A Burlington and High-A Inland Empire...Combined to bat .240 (97/404) with 55 runs, 17 doubles, three triples, five home runs and 53 RBI in 104 games...Connected for first professional HR May 13 vs. West Michigan...Named Angels Organizational Defensive Player of the Month for August.
Played majority of first professional campaign in 2016 with Angels' Rookie-level squad Orem...Hit .330 (34/103) across 27 games.