One hyped Blue Jays prospect at every minor league level that may disappoint in 2023
By Edward Eng
Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Adam Kloffenstein
Kloffenstein was drafted by the Blue Jays back in the 3rd round of the 2018 Amateur Draft. He was a highly touted prospect at the time as he jumped right into the Jays’ top ten prospects list. He offers a four-pitch arsenal, fastball, curveball, slider with horizontal movement, and changeup in which he commands pretty well, leading to many whiffs and ground balls in play. Kloffenstein debuted with a great year in 2019 with the Vancouver Canadians, pitching to a 2.24 ERA with a 1.09 WHIP and striking out 64 in 64.1 innings.
After a down year from the COVID-cancelled season, he had moved up to Double-A New Hampshire, where he began to struggle with a six-plus ERA and a 1.6 plus WHIP. This year, he has remained with the Fisher Cats again and has gotten off to a rough start as well, as in two starts, he has given up five earned runs with six walks, with eight strikeouts over just seven innings of work. It appears that it may take a little more time than expected to get Kloffenstein acclimatized in utilizing all his pitches to his optimal ability, and hopefully he can get his mechanics worked out sooner than later to move on further up the system.