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Phil Klein was named the International League Pitcher of the Week after striking out 21 batters in two starts.

Phil Klein put together two big strikeout games and had a big week for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs this past week. The two outings led him to be named the International League Pitcher of the Week.

IronPigs right-hander Phil Klein comfortably paced the International League this week with 21 strikeouts over 13.0 innings of work, allowing just six hits and one run along the way. The two outings for Klein lowered his ERA with the IronPigs to 1.64 in 10 games, six of which have been starts.

Used primarily as a reliever in his career, Klein has been part of the IronPigs rotation the past several weeks after having been claimed from the Rangers in June. The 27-year old established a career-high in strikeouts Tuesday at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, fanning 10 in five innings of a game he departed with a one-run lead, which the bullpen failed to hold. He bested that effort yesterday against Indianapolis, striking out 11 as he tossed eight innings of two-hit baseball in a 1-0 victory. Klein retired the final 17 batters he faced in Sunday’s gem.

Klein is in his sixth season as a professional pitcher since being selected by Texas in the 30th round of the 2011 draft. He appeared in 36 games with the Rangers between 2014-16 and made one start for the Phillies in early August as an emergency fill-in for Aaron Nola.

Klein is a native of Columbus, Ohio.  

Aug 9-14 2 1-0 0.69 13.0 6 1 2 21
Season 10 2-1 1.64 38.1 26 7 8 46
Starter - 2016 6 2-1 2.12 29.2 22 7 6 37
Reliever - 2016 4 0-0 0.00 8.2 4 0 2 9

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