Extra-large third rounder from 2018 Makes the Blue Jays Top 20
It’s that time of year again! We’re counting down our Toronto Blue Jays Top Prospects for 2019. We’ve selected our Top 20 and will be profiling each one. You are bound to find many of these lists in your travels, which makes for great conversation. The basis for rankings varies even more than the number of lists you’ll find. Some prefer to look at how close to “big league ready” a prospect is, while others look at “stuff” or “tools”. To construct our list, we have scoured over scouting reports, numbers and a lot more to finalize our 20179 Top Prospects list. Feel free to weigh in on each selection in the comment section! It’s part of the fun!
It’s not often we get the chance to be super-aggressive with our prospect profiles here, but along with a small Brazilian who also debuted in 2018, we’re getting bold today. Our No. 14 Prospect for the Toronto Blue Jays coming into the 2019 is a big, hard-throwing righty out of Texas, Adam Kloffenstein.
Kloffenstein came to the Blue Jays in 2018, along with high school teammate Jordan Groshans, as a relatively unheralded prospect out of a Texas’ Magnolia High. In the truest sense of a Texas high school pitcher, Kloffenstein is big – towering at 6’5″ and listed at 245 lbs at just 18 years old.He signed for $2.45 M.
So far, he’s been very limited in his professional experience, pitching just two innings in a short debut with the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays, with both one-inning outings coming against the Phillies affiliates. They were, however, successful: he allowed just one hit but walked two, and struck out four. No one scored.
So why be so high one someone with virtually no record as a pro?
Kloffenstein represents something the Blue Jays haven’t had in the system since Noah Syndergaard, a big, hard-throwing Texan who’s young, unpolished and full of potential. There’s no Deck McGuire in this profile.
Locally, Kloffenstein ranked third overall in the state of Texas coming into the draft, and second among RHP, via his profile over at Perfect Game. His fastball touches 93 at the moment, and may see some additional ticks as he matures and grows even more into his already strong frame.
Despite being drafted 88th overall, Kloffenstein held a strong ranking of No. 35 from Baseball America before the draft. Their praise of him not only included the size we’ve already extensively gushed about here, but also his future projectability, all while balancing a slurvy curveball and a developing change-up.
After early questions regarding his physical profile, Kloffenstein essentially grew up (not out) over the past two years, and now presents a sturdy, and potentially flame-throwing starter option for the Blue Jays in the coming years. He’ll move slowly to start, likely seeing time in Lansing to start 2019.
If you want to dream big, you can see a bit of Walker Buehler in there. Keep in mind Buehler had the tutelage of Vanderbilt to work with and spent just 146 IP in the minors. We also only have 2 pro innings from AK so far.
— Yeah, hi Roy. (@yeahiroy) January 25, 2019
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Roy’s earliest memories all involve baseball from the early 90’s and the Blue Jays dream teams. He became a Blue Jays fan while watching Carlos Delgado and Shawn Green evolve in Syracuse, NY at the run-down confines of MacArthur Stadium, nestled between highway and swamp. A lifelong baseball player, Roy still plays (P, C, 2B, 3B) in the 25+ Syracuse MSBL for the Liverpool Mets. He watches almost all games with his best buddy Sebastian, a five year old Pug, who could care less.