The Boston Red Sox signed outfielder Narciso Crook to a minor league contract, according to the transaction log on MLB.com. The 27-year-old had picked up minor league free agency after the Chicago Cubs placed him on waivers two weeks ago.
Crook, a 2013 recruit to the Reds, is heading into his 10th year in the professional ranks. That includes three seasons and just under a thousand Triple-A work plate appearances. crook he was rewarded for his extended rise up the minor league ladder with his first major league call-up of the Cubs at the end of June:
He only appeared in four games, but collected his first two MLB hits before being optioned back to Triple-A Iowa. In 101 games with Iowa, Crook put up a .260/.345/.492 performance. He hit 19 home runs and 21 doubles, and that added power translated into strong overall numbers.
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He did strike out at a lofty 30.3% rate, however, the continuation of career-long strikeout woes that have thus far prevented him from getting a real look against major league pitchers. The Dominican measures 1.90 meters and weighs 99 kilos.
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