Canadians: Kloffenstein brings fastball, perspective to new C’s season


Vancouver Canadians Adrian Ramos (left) and Grant Townsend horse round throughout Tuesday’s media availability at Nat Bailey Stadium, within the run-up to Friday’s season opener for the Northwest League C’s towards the visiting Spokane Indians.

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Proper-hander will get the decision on the hill for the house squad Friday when the Spokane Indians come calling for opening day on the Nat

Vancouver Canadians right-hander Adam Kloffenstein is a Toronto Blue Jays prospect who may do some Blue Jays prospect evaluation on the facet.

Kloffenstein, 18, is the C’s opening-day starter, getting the decision on the hill for the house squad when the Spokane Indians come to go to Nat Bailey Stadium on Friday afternoon to kick off the short-season, Single-A Northwest League season.

Kloffenstein, a third-round Toronto decide within the 2018 newbie draft out of Magnolia, Texas highschool, is the Blue Jays’ No. 6 prospect, according to mlb.com.

He was the second Magnolia participant Toronto chosen in that draft, following first rounder Jordan Groshans, a shortstop who’s at present plying his commerce one stage up for Vancouver with the Lansing Lugnuts, a staff within the Single-A Midwest League. Groshans is Toronto’s No. four prospect on the mlb.com record.

They’ve performed on groups collectively, in accordance with Kloffenstein, since they had been 12 years outdated. When requested Tuesday at a media availability on the Nat concerning the final time he spoke to Groshans, Kloffenstein began out by feigning his watch.

“We’re that tight,” continued Kloffenstein, who remained in prolonged spring coaching in Dunedin, Fla., to start out this season. “He’s been my roommate since I obtained drafted. When he went as much as Lansing, I didn’t get one other roommate.


Pitcher Adam Kloffenstein, who would be the opening-day starter on Friday, talks to reporters on Tuesday at Nat Bailey Stadium.

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“Everybody asks if I’m going to overlook him and it’s a no. I like him going off and doing his factor, and I’m coming right here, and we’re getting to start out that journey. If we’re separated a bit of bit throughout it, we’re each hoping to make it to the identical spot on the finish.

“I couldn’t be extra excited for him to get to skip this stage. I had individuals telling me I didn’t need to skip this stage and from what I’ve seen up to now right here I don’t. The secret is attending to the large leagues and he’s already going quicker. I couldn’t be extra excited for him. I’m hoping that sooner or later we will play up there collectively.”

Groshans, 19, has been on the Lansing disabled record since early Might with a foot harm. There’s been no phrase on a timeline for his return. He was excelling at Lansing, although, hitting .337 with two house runs and 13 runs batted in by means of 23 video games.

Toronto additionally would appear to have excessive hopes for Kloffenstein, a 6-5, 245-pounder with a five-pitch arsenal, highlighted by a fastball that’s been identified to the touch 96 miles per hour. The Jays gave him a US $2.45-million signing bonus, which is the equal of late first spherical cash. He had been dedicated to go to Texas Christian College previous to that.


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Kloffenstein made two appearances of an inning every final season with the rookie-league Gulf Coast Blue Jays after being drafted.

He was the important thing identify of notice on the 20-man roster for supervisor Casey Candaele that the C’s unveiled on Tuesday. Returnees for Vancouver embrace left-hander Randy Pondler, 22, who was 5-5 with a 2.90 earned common final season, and lefty Grayson Huffman, 24, who missed all of final season after Tommy John surgical procedure however made 41 appearances in 2016-17 mixed with Vancouver.

Players from this year’s draft are anticipated to start out arriving on the Nat within the subsequent few days after coming to phrases with Toronto.

Trevor Schwecke, 21, a shortstop from the College of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers who Toronto grabbed within the 13th spherical, was the lone 2019 draftee listed on Vancouver’s roster on Tuesday.

It’s been reported that first-rounder Alek Manoah, a right-hander from the West Virginia College Mountaineers who Toronto picked 11th general, has signed a contract with the Blue Jays with a US $four.54-million signing bonus and he’s anticipated to be assigned to Vancouver.


Vancouver Canadians supervisor Casey Candaele is all smiles speaking to reporters on Tuesday at Nat Bailey Stadium. The C’s brief Single-A season opens on Friday.

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Roster strikes are prevalent at this stage. Vancouver had 19 completely different place gamers and utilized 22 pitchers final season.

“I used to be in Florida they usually obtained in for a day and I met a number of them,” Candaele, the previous Montreal Expos utility man, stated of this yr’s Toronto draft class. “There can be a couple of of them developing right here. It’s a brief time period attempting to get a staff to gel and have good communication and a superb atmosphere within the clubhouse.

“The blokes that I met gave the impression to be fairly captivated with being right here. If you’re captivated with taking part in the sport and you’ve got vitality to play the sport, normally issues find yourself fairly nicely.”

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