Klinker Looks to Parlay Last Year's Late Success into 2010
Article on Matt Klinker from the Bats website.
Aside from his solid numbers, Klinker is particularly intriguing to the Reds' organization because of a unique blend of size (six-foot-five, 220 pounds) and strikeout ability (112Ks in 108 innings during 2009). After starting this past season at high-A ball, Klinker steadily climbed the ladder until making his debut with Louisville in early August. In his first triple-A victory, Klinker fanned nine in seven-plus innings, proving to Bats' manager Rick Sweet that he could be a dependable starter as the team made its playoff push. Klinker's season was cut short just before the playoffs because of shoulder inflammation, but in five starts with the Bats, he posted a pair of victories to go with a 2.48 era.