Marc Krauss has been Brick bashing.
An infielder/outfielder for the Oklahoma City RedHawks, Krauss is hitting .356 with five home runs and 22 RBIs at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark after 1-for-3 with another RBI in Sunday's 9-3 loss to Salt Lake City.
“It's obvious I feel very comfortable here,” Krauss said. “You do the same thing every day, a beautiful clubhouse, nice (batting) cages to prepare yourself every day. You get into a good routine.”
The RedHawks have played the majority of their games at home early this season. Overall, Krauss is hitting .294 with seven homers and 27 RBIs. But his splits between home and road have been dramatic.
On the road Krauss is batting .167 with only two homers.
“It's hard to say why that's happened,” said RedHawks manager Tony DeFrancesco. “You take B.P. (batting practice) here every day here so you're comfortable. But he's come a long way from his numbers (in OKC) last year. He's put himself on the map.”
Krauss's home/road splits should become balanced over the course of a 144-game season, but for now he's enjoying his hot bat at the Brick.
“Nothing really changes,” Krauss said. “You're out of your element a little bit at other places, playing in stadiums for the first time. Compound that with different pitchers you've never seen and it throws you off a little bit.”
Krauss said daily work with RedHawks hitting coach Leon Roberts has helped him produce more consistently this season.
“It's basically mental stuff. He's not working on too much with me mechanically,” Krauss said. “It's been more your mindset when you're in the box, using your strengths to your advantage. It's been great to see some success and help the team win. It's always nice to see results from your hard work.”
Krauss isn't the only player that's hit better at the Brick. The RedHawks are hitting .301 at home, averaging nearly six runs a game.