Colin Kleven is one of the good guys in the game. The 24-year old from Kamloops, British Columbia has been one of our favorite players during his three-year tenure on the Clearwater Threshers roster.
We thought he would be finally moving on up to AA Reading this season but the Phillies Front Office had other ideas. Colin finish the 2014 season strong, averaging better than a strikeout an inning in his starting role last August.
But it was not to be. The Phillies Front Office had other ideas and traded for four new pitchers over the winter who now form the Reading starting rotation along with Jesse Biddle. So Colin was back in Clearwater to start another season.
Adding a cutter and a two-seamer to his repertoire, he has been better than ever. In Kleven’s last ten starts he has gone 4-2 with a 1.96 ERA pitching 55 innings, giving up 47 hits, only 12 earned runs, striking out 41 and walking 17.
Amazingly, the Phillies assigned him to the fifth starter role on the Threshers five-man rotation this season. He has not let the Phillies struggling Front Office management decisions affect him and has been finally rewarded with a spot on the Canadian National team in the upcoming Pan-Am Games which start July 11th in the Toronto area.
He also is a replacement in the Florida State League All-Star game. Former Threshers pitcher Mark Leiter Jr. has been called up to Reading. The game is scheduled to be televised on MiLB-TV on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. from Port St. Lucie, hometown of the Mets high A farm team.
Finally, the Threshers are even taking notice of Kleven’s accomplishments and he was interviewed this week by them about his success and how he does it. Listen Here.
Colin Kleven should be at a higher level than the Florida State League and he is proving it with every start.