Pirates A to Z: Max Kranick’s season started with sore forearm, ended with Tommy John surgery

During the offseason, the Tribune-Review will offer Pirates A to Z: An alphabetical, player-by-player look at the 40-man roster, from outfielder Miguel Andujar to pitcher Miguel Yajure.

Player: Max Kranick

Position: Pitcher

Throws: Right

Age: 25 (July 21)

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 220 pounds

2022 MLB statistics: Allowed three hits and three walks while striking out four with one wild pitch in five innings over two relief appearances.

Contract: Not yet eligible for arbitration.

Acquired: Drafted in the 11th round in 2016.

This past season: It was a bad sign when Kranick was limited in spring training with right forearm tightness while throwing a live batting practice during the lockout.

Kranick started the season at Low-A Bradenton and, after giving up a home run in his only appearance for the Marauders, returned to Triple-A Indianapolis. Opponents batted .185 against Kranick, who allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 6⅔ innings over three games, including a pair of starts.

There was a little buzz around Max Kranick’s outing on Friday. Here’s a look at the fastballs he threw in the first inning. #LetsGoBucs pic.twitter.com/2Iux9bcyvv

— Anthony Murphy (@__Murphy88) April 24, 2022

The Pirates added Kranick as the 27th man for their doubleheader at the Cincinnati Reds on May 7, and he gave up one hit and two walks while striking out three of the eight batters he faced in two scoreless innings in the…

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