Angels claim Marc Krauss …

The Angels claimed Marc Krauss off waivers from the Astros on Monday, potentially shoring up their need for a left-handed power hitter off their bench.

Krauss, 27, plays first base and both outfield corners. He’s “pedestrian” defensively, a scout said, but he has “a good combo of power and on-base skills.” Listed at 6-foot-2, 245 pounds, Krauss posted a .200/.274/.341 slash line in 119 games in the big leagues from 2013-14. At the Triple-A level, he batted .289/.375/.459 in 42 games in 2014 and .281/.401/.478 in 78 games in 2013.

Krauss was originally drafted by Dipoto in the second round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, when Dipoto served as director of scouting and player personnel in Arizona. On the Angels, Krauss will compete for a spot on the team, where he can come off the bench or platoon with the right-handed-hitting C.J. Cron at designated hitter.

Krauss can also be optioned to the Minor Leagues.


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