Phil Klein had a rough start to the month, when he made his first start for the Phillies on August 3rd, after having previously pitched in the majors with the Texas Rangers. Throughout his career, Klein has generally been a reliever, but after being claimed off waivers from the Texas Rangers in June, the Phillies started dabbling with him as a starter. His start in Philadelphia came from an emergency need for a starter when Aaron Nola went on the DL. Klein didn’t become a fixture in the IronPigs starting rotation until mid-July.
Upon returning to Lehigh Valley from his MLB appearance, Klein reeled off five consecutive starts that were very impressive. The right-hander established a career-high in strikeouts with ten against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on August 9th, only to best it with eleven punchouts the next time out against Indianapolis, to earn honors as the League Pitcher of the Week.
Klein finished August with an unblemished 4-0 record while leading the League with 46 strikeouts, plus a league-low in opponents’ batting average (.154) and WHIP (0.65). He surrendered just 18 hits, four walks, and four earned runs over 34.0 innings pitched, finishing August with an ERA of 1.06.
Klein is the second IL Player of the Month in IronPigs franchise history, joining Andy Tracy (June 2010). Originally drafted by Texas in the 30th round of the 2011 Draft out of Youngstown State, Klein is in his sixth season as a professional pitcher. He appeared in 36 games with the Rangers between 2014-16, with all but two of his appearances coming out of the bullpen.
Phil Klein's August Stats Line