The 6-foot-4 switch hitter started every game for the Broncos and 26 of his 75 hits were for extra bases. In 2009, Klein was the conference's co-batting champ with a .379 average.
Before starting his professional career with the Batavia Muckdogs, Geoff took time out to answer some questions.
Dustin Mattison: Describe to me what you were doing when you found out you were drafted.
Geoff Klein: I was actually at the gym. It's a pretty nerve racking experience waiting to hear your name called. So, I was kind of just trying to stay away from the computer and let it happen.
DM: Were the Cardinals the team that you expected to pick you?
GK: I was surprised but thrilled to get drafted by the Cardinals; I wasn't in contact as much with them as much as some other teams. I talked to almost all of the teams, some more than others but the Cardinals definitely weren't the 1st team I thought would take me.
DM: What do you know about the Cardinals organization?
GK: The Cards are a great organization that are always in contention and are a great big league team and overall organization. I know where the Cardinals minor league teams are and thats about it. I know that its a perfect club for me to get drafted by and that they do a great job with player development. Everything I've heard about their facilities and instructors is that they are phenomenal. I couldn't be more excited.
DM: Give me a scouting report on you as a player.
GK: I've never been asked to describe myself so it's kind of tough. But I'd say I'm a patient hitter with a good eye who hits line drives, a lot of doubles in the gaps with occasional power that will develop as I get bigger and stronger. Behind the plate I have good awareness and have played the position my whole life, so that's where I feel at home. I pride myself on how I handle pitchers/call a game. I'll work my tail off to get better and learn every day to improve my game.
DM: Is there a major league player that you would compare yourself to?
GK: Tough question. There are a lot of guys I like to try to model my game after, but comparing myself to a big leaguer is a tough call. I'd have to say Geoff Blum or Jorge Posada, switch hitters with a good approach at the plate and that can drive in runs and help lead a team with the experience that I have.
DM: When you are not playing baseball, how do you like to spend your time?
GK: I like hanging out with my buddies, watching baseball, working out, playing volleyball, and going to the beach.
DM: If you were not a baseball player, you would be a….
GK: If I weren't a baseball player I'd probably be a fireman.
DM: Who are you picking in the World Cup?
GK: I got Spain in the World Cup, but watch out for Portugal though, they're my sleeper.
DM: Tell me something about yourself that most people won't know about you.
GK: I'm 1/4 Peruvian and I used to speak French when I was little kid.
I thank Geoff for his time and wish him the best of luck in his professional career.
Links to earlier articles in this series:
13th round pick Colin Walsh
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