A former third-round pick out of Magnolia High School, right-hander Adam Kloffenstein was one of the top pitching prospects in the organization entering last season. Spending another year with the Vancouver Canadians, Kloffenstein struggled in 2021, posting a 6.22 ERA through 23 starts.
Control on the mound was his biggest issue, as he walked opposing batters at a 5.4 BB/9 clip and struggled to keep runs off the board because of it. While the stats may not be jumping off the page, he still struck out batters at a high rate (9.5 K/9) and appeared in a career-high 101.1 innings in High A which is good news as he still continues to develop and work his way through the minor leagues.
If opposing clubs are looking for a prospect pitcher with a starters frame at 6’5″, the 21-year-old is one player the Jays may be comfortable dealing considering three of the five current Blue Jays starters are signed to long-term contracts with top prospects like Nate Prospect also in the mix.
If the front office is keen on keeping top pitching prospect Gunnar Hoglund, Kloffenstein is still a few years away from knocking on the big league doors but projects to be a Major League calibre starter when that time comes that could pique the interest of clubs as part of a package deal.