EASTLAKE, OHIO – Lake County Captains second baseman Tyler Krieger was named to the MLB Pipeline Prospect Team of the Week for the week of games May 23 – 29. The 2015 4th-round draft pick from Clemson University is batting .331 with 2 homeruns, 27 RBIs and 14 stolen bases through the first two months of his first professional season.
Krieger said he appreciates the recognition of the weekly award but tries to stay focused on improving his game.
“I mean anytime you get honored for something that you’re working really hard for it’s obviously a cool honor, but at the same time you just got to continue to get better, continue to work at your game, and keep getting better,” Krieger said.
To be eligible for the Prospect Team of the Week, players must be on their organization’s mlb.com Top 30 Prospects List. Krieger is currently listed as the Cleveland Indians’ number 22 prospect.
On the the Prospect Team of the Week, Krieger is listed at shortstop, his college position, despite not making a single start there this season. He has been the Captains’ starting second baseman and has also made starts at designated hitter.
Krieger said the transition to second has had its challenges but he has enjoyed working at it.
“Just little things like the angles and the positioning, pre-pitch has been the biggest adjustment,” Krieger said. “I’m going to play wherever they put me so I’ve just got to get better everyday at second base for now and just see what happens for the future.”
The 22-year-old Krieger certainly earned his Prospect Team of the Week distinction, scorching the ball over the past week and a half. He had an 11-game hitting streak going into Tuesday’s game and has batted .386 with a home run, three doubles, a triple, eight RBIs, and eight runs scored in that timeframe.
Krieger said he has settled in to the schedule and routine of professional baseball and is focused on working to get better each day.
“It’s just constantly seeking improvement every day and working towards the ultimate goal of eventually, hopefully playing in the big leagues,” Krieger said. “You just got to keep chipping away, keep finding little things to get better at, and just honestly overall improvement is all you can ever ask for.”