The 6 foot, 190 pound, lefty was drafted in the ninth round of the MLB Draft as an outfielder in 2007 from Dallas Baptist University. He can now be seen as Trenton Thunder's centerfielder, doing what he needs to do in order for them to keep the lead.
"I don't even notice him out there," stated manager Tony Franklin. "I know [Krum] is going to be in a consistent fashion. He is starting to put a pretty good offensive game plan together and is sticking to it."
His invitation to attend the 2011 Spring Training camp allowed for Krum to learn key aspects that can't be taught through just regular training.
"I got to see the best players in the world do what they do [best]," commented Krum. "I learned a lot and had a good time. It was definitely the experience of a lifetime for me so it can only be a positive."
During his visit, Krum also got a glimpse of how the major league players deal with the pressure through being their own critic, something that Krum admits has been a problem.
"That's also one of the things I learned at spring training, seeing [how] those guys deal with the adversity they have to [endure]. Once they get on that field, that's when they get their time off from everything. It has definitely helped me a lot.
"It's always going to be an issue for me," Krum said when asked if the pressure is still an problem. "That's just how I'm bred, it's in my blood to be my biggest critic. But at the same time, I realize that I've become a lot better at dealing with it, handling it, letting it go, and channeling it for a positive rather than negative.
"Sometimes it becomes motivation when I'm hard on myself, knowing that I demand more. You can turn that into a positive if you work at it and I've definitely been able to do that the last year or so."
When asking about what stands out about the fielder, the hot topic seemed to be Krum's leadership abilities. Both manager Franklin and batting coach, Julius Matos, raved about not only his hitting and fielding, but the way he leads on and off the field.
"A few more bunts, always patient at the plate, takes a lot of pitches, draws his walks, and more than anything else, [Krum] has demonstrated a knack for team leadership," praised Franklin. "And I think that is probably the biggest area where he shows up for this team. He is leading very well by example."
"He's taken a leadership role," said Matos. "[Krum] has been able to show other guys how to move forward with the organization, so he's doing a great job.
"Austin is a solid player. He understands what he has to do. He knows what is expected of him and goes about his business each and every day trying to make those things happens. I am very satisfied with his work ethic and the way he has grown."
Krum is known for being one of the more intense players, as well as having some power, speed, strike zone discipline, and defense in the outfield, yet that doesn't stop him for wanting to further his improvement.
"My speed is a pretty good tool," said Krum. "In this game, speed kills, so if you have the ability to utilize it, you're going to be successful and that's what I, along with a couple other guys on this team, have done well so far. I think utilizing that and getting up there and trying to wreak havoc on the bases is one of the main things [to do]."
In addition, Krum also adds that "this game is mundane because it happens every day and every day is the same. You have to stay consistent if you want to be successful."
Krum has been keeping his goal in mind: to move up in the organization. In doing so, he finds himself at home to Yankee homeland. Being in Trenton for nearly three years has taught him to simply "keep grinding".
"If you keep doing your work and keep doing things that you need to be doing, someone is going to see you and they may want to move you at some point, so you just got to keep at it every day," remarked Krum. "It's easier said than done, but if you can continue to remind yourself of that, then it's going to happen."
The big question on Krum's mind now is if he'll ever make it to Triple-A and possibly even further.
"I don't see any reason why he couldn't play or move up when the time is right or when the organization feels that he's ready," gushes Matos. "I don't see why he wouldn't do well in the higher levels. I feel that if he continues to work on the things that he's working on now, then he will be able to produce at the higher levels whenever that time comes."
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With two and half years under Yankee management and hopes of keeping his consistency and improving his speed, Austin Krum got the "experience of a lifetime" when he was chosen to visit the 2011 big league Spring Training camp.
Austin Krum, in Trenton for his third year, keeps grinding it out on the field.