One Of The Best Young Canadian Starting Pitchers Might Be The Clearwater Threshers Colin Kleven As He Downs The Dunedin Blue Jays With Six Strong Innings Of Work

Relying on a 93-95 mph fastball and late movement on his slider Canadian native Colin Kleven showed no mercy against the Toronto Blue Jays’ farm team at Dunedin’s Auto Exchange Stadium in Florida State League action tonight.  He picked up his second win of the season.  The 8-1 win was Kleven’s third straight quality start after a rough first outing to start the season.

Kleven finished the 2014 season strong averaging more than a strikeout an inning for the Threshers last August.  The tall 6’5″ right hander who turned just 24 on April 15th struck out six in six inning and had a no-hit, no-run game going with two outs in the fifth inning.  Then the Blue Jays broke through on a long high fly ball to center that centerfielder Chase Harris could not catch up to with the wind blowing out.  Another triple then push across  the Jays only run in the game in the inning.

The Threshers were helped by a couple of RBIs each by catcher Willians Astudillo who had three hits and first baseman Zach Green who benefited by a high pop behind the pitcher’s mound which could not be caught. Drew Stankiewicz and Chase Harris added three hits each and both of them drove in and scored a run.

But the story tonight was the power arm of Colin Kleven who held the Jays to a run on three hits over six innings while averaging a strike out an inning.

Kleven is a native of Kamloops, British Columbia and proved tonight he might be one of the best pitchers to hail from Canada as he dominated the Toronto Blue Jays, High A, farm team.

To watch the six Kleven “strike threes” on the Baseball Betsy channel see  Here. . . Here.. . . Here. . .  Here. . .Here. .  .  Here.

 

 

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I have been a faithful Phillies follower all my life. Today I am most intrigued by those players in the minor league system who work every day of the year to make it to the Show. This is what this blog is mostly all about. To read more, click here: https://baseballross.wordpress.com/2012/02/05/how-i-got-started-in-baseball/
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One Response to One Of The Best Young Canadian Starting Pitchers Might Be The Clearwater Threshers Colin Kleven As He Downs The Dunedin Blue Jays With Six Strong Innings Of Work

  1. Romus says:

    Hopefully Joer Jordan and the minor league dev team decide to move up Colin Kleven sometime next month to Reading, if he keeps up this pace.
    He needs to be challenged at a different level and his ‘age- to- level’ needs to be upgraded.

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