Max Joseph Kranick (born July 21, 1997) is a Major League Baseball pitcher who currently pitches for the Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB).
Kranick attended Valley View High School in Archbald, Pennsylvania. For his high school career, he compiled a 1.17 ERA. After his senior year, he was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 11th round of the 2016 Major League Baseball draft. He signed for $300,000, forgoing his commitment to the University of Virginia.
On November 20, 2020, Kranick was added to Pittsburgh’s 40-man roster. He did not play a minor league game in 2020 due to the cancellation of the minor league season caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
To begin the 2021 season, he was assigned to the Altoona Curve of the Double-A Northeast. In late May, he was promoted to the Indianapolis Indians of the Triple-A East League.
On June 27, 2021, Kranick was promoted to the major leagues to make his MLB debut as the starting pitcher versus the St. Louis Cardinals. He threw five perfect innings, striking out three batters, before a rain delay occurred, and he was removed.
He set the record for the most batters retired to begin a major league career with 15. Over nine starts with the Pirates, Kranick went 2-3 with a 6.28 ERA and 32 strikeouts over 38+2⁄3 innings.
Max Kranick does not have any children at the moment, as a young prospect at his age, he is focusing on his career at Pittsburgh Pirates.