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Blue Jays: Players who could be traded once the lockout is over

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - SEPTEMBER 11: Alejandro Kirk #30 of the Toronto Blue Jays rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Baltimore Orioles during game two of a doubleheader at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 11, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - SEPTEMBER 11: Alejandro Kirk #30 of the Toronto Blue Jays rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Baltimore Orioles during game two of a doubleheader at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 11, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, ON – OCTOBER 01: A Toronto Blue Jays”u2019 Wilson baseball glove lays on the turf ahead of their MLB game against the Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre on October 1, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images) /

Adam Kloffenstein

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.

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