From MiLB (and the Bats):

As the Cincinnati Reds’ pitching staff starts to take shape over the final few weeks of spring training, the organization will also begin to assemble its stable of arms that will begin the year at triple-A with the Louisville Bats. One likely candidate to start the year near the top of the Bats’ starting rotation is right-handed prospect Matt Klinker, who pitched brilliantly for Louisville during the last month of the 2009 season.

Aside from his solid numbers, Klinker is particularly intriguing to the Reds’ organization because of a unique blend of size (six-foot-five, 220 pounds) and strikeout ability (112Ks in 108 innings during 2009). After starting this past season at high-A ball, Klinker steadily climbed the ladder until making his debut with Louisville in early August. In his first triple-A victory, Klinker fanned nine in seven-plus innings, proving to Bats’ manager Rick Sweet that he could be a dependable starter as the team made its playoff push. Klinker’s season was cut short just before the playoffs because of shoulder inflammation, but in five starts with the Bats, he posted a pair of victories to go with a 2.48 era.

Nice piece on Matt. Hopefully, this bodes well for his chances to be a Bat when the season starts.

5 Responses

  1. Fireball

    How good is that AAA rotation looking right now? Two of Leake, Chapman, and Wood. Plus Lehr and Klinker. For the first time in a long time, the Reda have some serious pitching depth in the minors. It’s nice.

  2. TC

    Add Sam LeCure and Daryl Thompson to that list as well.

  3. Bill Lack

    I don’t think Thompson’s in the mix…and the Reds are talking about Lehr in relief, so you have to wonder if he’ll be used in that role in Louisville (if he doesn’t make the team).

  4. Chris Garber

    Where is Thompson going?

    Good for Matt, BTW. His progress has been a lot of fun to watch, and is a testament to his hard work.

  5. RiverCity Redleg

    Bats should be very, very good again this year.