Why He's Here: After he moved from the nine hole into the leadoff spot, his combination of slap-hitting, speed and defense helped propel the Thunder to a scorching-hot summer.
When in the leadoff spot (68 of his 114 games), Kruml hit .306/.354/.436/.790 with 10 doubles, eight triples, four home runs and 18 steals in 24 chances. Pretty darn good.
Most Memorable Moment: On May 5, in the middle of the Thunder's wild comeback win over the Portland Sea Dogs, Kruml went 3 for 5 with a run scored and two stolen bases, which, to my eyes, looks like his bet individual day of the year.
Outlook for 2012: This one's a little confusing. With DeWayne Wise, Colin Curtis, Cole Garner, Chris Dickerson and Dan Brewer among others, in line for time with the Empire State Yankees, Kruml could feel a lot like Brewer did last year: Left out. The best-case scenario for him, I'd imagine, would involve a return to Trenton with regular playing time. Whether that happens is questionable.