Kranson bounces back from slow start

April was a tough month for Pensacola Blue Wahoos catcher Mitchell Kranson. He ended up with more strikeouts (8) than hits (6) in the first month of the Southern League season.

Yet, in a game known for being one of failure, the ninth-round pick of the Minnesota Twins in 2016 never let the slow start get the best of him.

“I didn’t have the best first month, but it’s a long season,” Kranson said. “The players that get down on themselves right way continue to struggle. I want to be consistent and not let one bad month ruin my season.”

He has taken his own advice to heart and May certainly proved to be decidedly different for the catcher out of California who is versatile enough to play other positions.

He came out of the gate last month swinging the bat well, tallying a hit in five consecutive games, and finished May out with 18 hits. He’s batting .217 with four home runs and 16 runs knocked in.

“I’ve been feeling better as of late. I’m just trying to do my part and keep grinding with it,” Kranson said.

Kranson comes off as a player who doesn’t get too high or too low.

Read the full article in the June 6 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at for as little as $38 per year. Visit to view subscription options.

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