|Report Date:||May 7th, 2018|
Though not yet 18, Kloffenstein has a mature build with room for more growth in the lower half. He displays a short but clean arm action that allows for some deception. Unlike some short-armers, Kloffenstein does not allow his arm to get stuck behind his body, and he’s able to repeat his up tempo delivery with minimal crossfire.
In a playoff start on Friday, Kloffenstein featured a fastball from 88-to-92 mph, and maxed out at 94 mph. The pitch was mostly straight, but he flashed interesting cutting action in the later innings. Early in this outing, Kloffenstein struggled to command the fastball, but settled in as the game progressed. His other offerings include a slider, which he tunnels well with the fastball, at 80-to-83 mph, a change of pace curveball at 76-to-78 mph, and a low 80’s changeup with good sinking life.
In this viewing, his best opportunity for swings and misses was with the slider down in the zone. Coupled with the fastball, he has two pitches to sequence off one another which are average at worst. Add in development of the slower curveball and changeup, and the stuff profiles as a mid-to-back end starter.