Kai Gronauer to be Hitting Coach in Germany

Myworld had Kai Gronauer in our top ten European prospects a couple years ago. He signed a contract with the New York Mets seven years ago after a tournament in Taiwan. That contract is about to expire and he has decided to end his United States professional career to pursue the hitting coach position for the Buchbinder Legionaere Regensburg team in his home country of Germany.

Kai finished with a career average of .257 but never played more than 88 games in a year. Injuries or a more promising catcher ahead of him kept him on the bench. The Mets have two young catchers ahead of him in Travis d’Arnaud, currently in the major leagues and Kevin Plawicki, both players younger and with more promise. Last year Kai was limited to just 30 games in AA and AAA and only hit .172 with two homeruns. He paved the way for other German players Max Kepler and Don Lutz, who became the first German to play for a major league team.

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