Scouting Jays Prospect #28: SS Ryan Klosterman

The Toronto Blue Jays drafted Ryan Klosterman in the fifth round of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft. The middle infielder had a successful debut in professional baseball and helped lead Vanderbilt to a successful 2004 season. Klosterman will move up the ladder in 2005 and will look to stamp himself as a legitimate prospect. Here is the final 2004 scouting report on Ryan Klosterman.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Ryan Klosterman
Position: Shortstop
DOB: May 28, 1982
Height: 5'11
Weight: 175
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

Ryan Klosterman was destined to be a professional baseball player from a young age. He was always into the sport and mentioned his favorite stadium as Fenway Park, favorite player as Craig Biggio and favorite team as the New York Mets. The infielder attended South Lake High School in Florida and hit .410 with two homers and twenty-eight RBI as a senior. He earned team MVP honors as a junior and a senior, while being named to the First-Team All-Country as a senior. He played for the Central Florida Renegades in the Connie Mack World Series in 1999 and 2000 and was named an All-Star Selection both years. In 2000, he hit .375 with six homers and fifty-two runs batted in.

Klosterman attended Clemson University as a freshman in 2001 and appeared in sixteen games, though he had very limited at bats. He had just fourteen at bats his freshman season, and things did not improve in 2002 as he sat out the entire season as a redshirt. Klosterman subsequently transferred to Vanderbilt University for two seasons as his baseball career began to take off.

Ryan would go on to play fifty-five games in 2003 for Vanderbilt and hit .283 (62-219) with four home runs and fourteen runs batted in. He scored thirty-five runs while hitting fifteen doubles and stealing twenty-eight bases. In 2004 he would play in sixty-three games and hit seven home runs while driving in thirty-three runs and scoring seventy-two runs.

If there has been a positive regarding Klosterman it is his speed and the way he can create things for his team. Klosterman is projected to be a top of the order hitter who can play small-ball as well as drive the ball in the gaps.

Year

Team

AVG

AB

H

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

K

OBP

SLG

2004

Vanderbilt

.275

269

74

5

32

50

16

22

55

.343

.409



Batting and Power Description: Klosterman is a top of the order hitter and will do whatever it takes to get on base and use his speed. He does possess some power, and has above-average power for a shortstop.

Base Running and Speed Description: Klosterman is an outstanding base stealer with outstanding speed, and an even better stealing technique.

Defense Description: Klosterman does not have the strongest arm for a shortstop, however, he makes up for it with his sound fundamentals. He has great footwork, and quick hands, which helps him get away with his below average arm strength. Klosterman could also play second base, and with his lack of arm strength he could be asked to make a switch down the road.

2005 Outlook: Klosterman will likely begin the 2005 season with the Lansing Lugnuts. There will not be anybody blocking him at Dunedin, and Klosterman should not have a hard time finding him way to the Florida State League after the first half of the minor league season.

ETA: It is too early to make an accurate projection on Klosterman, however, he is a polished college player, and we see him moving quickly up the ladder. He has the mentality to be a major leaguer, and with his speed, plate instincts and power, we don't see that as a problem.


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