Ryan Klosterman was forced to end his Arizona Fall League campaign early after breaking his knuckle…
Scouting Jays Prospect: #19: Ryan Klosterman
Vital Statistics: Name: Ryan Klosterman DOB: 5/28/1982 Position: Second Base/Shortstop Height: 5'11 Weight: 185 Bats: Right Throws: Right The 2006 Florida State League mid-season All-Star had a great start to the season batting .287 with 12 home runs and 64 RBI over his first 85 games of the season. In July the organization decided to challenge him with a promotion to Double-A New Hampshire, and although he started off struggling, he batted .305 over his final 26 games of the season. The Blue Jays decided to send him to Arizona for some fall league action, but his time there was cut short by a hand injury. Klosterman suffered the injury early in the Arizona Fall League season when he moved from second base to third base. It was the second time Klosterman was playing third base this season. This time he was at the wrong place, at the wrong time. As Klosterman was getting ready to field a ground ball it took a sharp hop upwards causing the fracture of his middle finger. "It was just a bad hop," Klosterman said at the time. "There was nothing I could have done about it." The 24-year-old batted .308 in eight games with three runs batted in. He was also selected to play in the inaugural "Rising Stars Showcase" in Arizona, but was scratched from the roster because of the injury. "I had a great experience down in Arizona," said Klosterman. "I learned a lot about how I fit in with that type of competition, and it was a learning experience seeing a different pitcher each at bat." Klosterman has played both middle infield positions in professional baseball and would love to continue playing shortstop. "I still need to work on getting better reads and quicker jumps, but I would love to continue playing shortstop. I was actually a second baseman the last two years of college and then moved to shortstop." Batting and Power: Klosterman has some pop in his bat and is expected to hit for above average power as a middle infielder. One thing that scouts noted is his inability to hit left-handed pitching. Some talent evaluators contribute it to his inexperience against facing southpaws, but the right-handed batters has clearly hit right-handed pitching better in professional ball. Base Running and Speed: Klosterman is an outstanding base running, with plus speed. He ranks as the fastest players in the organization. Defensive: Klosterman is just learning the shortstop position, but scouts believe he could remain their as he gains more experience. He has good range for a player that has only played the position for just four seasons, and has an above-average arm for the position. 2007 Outlook: The 24-year-old will begin the season with Double-A New Hampshire. ETA: Late 2008-2009 We expect Klosterman to remain at Double-A for most of the 2007 season. Although the Blue Jays have plenty of depth in the middle infield department at Triple-A and the big leagues, there is nobody blocking him should he make a push for that spot.
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