Erik Kratz played with the Phillies for parts of three seasons. (USA Today Images)
A familiar face will be hanging around Triple-A Lehigh Valley soon, as the Phillies signed veteran catcher Erik Kratz to a minor-league deal on Friday.
This is the second tour in the Phillies’ system for the 35-year-old, who is a Philadelphia area native, playing his high school ball at Christopher Dock.
Kratz spent parts of the 2011, 2012 and 2013 seasons with the big-league club before being dealt to Toronto before the 2014 season. He appeared with the Royals last season in four games. He spent time in Triple-A with the Royals and the Mariners before being granted his release and signing with the Phillies on Friday.
Kratz is expected to provide depth behind Lehigh Valley starting catcher Gabriel Lino. Kratz can also play first base for the team.