Prospect #49: OF Chris Klemm

In this edition of Prospect Files, we look at Gulf Coast League outfielder Chris Klemm, who came to the Phillies from the University of California at Irvine. Klemm has a hole or two in his game, but he also has a lot of talent and the Phillies liked what they saw from Klemm in his first professional season.

Not all players come to their teams through the draft. Chris Klemm went undrafted in the 2003 Draft and signed as a free agent with the Phillies shortly after the draft. The Phillies assigned Klemm to their Gulf Coast League team where he got his professional career off to a pretty good start.

 

Chris Klemm is somewhat of an unknown quantity. Coming out of the University of California at Irvine, Klemm capped off a strong college career with a .319 average in his final season as an Anteater. Klemm isn't known for his power or speed, but has shown an ability to consistently hit for a high average in college. His start in the GCL was no different when he started with a .336 average.

 

The Phillies believe Klemm will develop at least some power, but will be happy if he just continues to show the talent that he has in the early going. Klemm seems to have a pretty good command of the strike zone and that will get better as he matures. Some scouts believe Klemm projects as a utility player who can provide good defensive skills and a nice bat off the bench, but with continued growth, those same scouts believe that he could become an everyday player in the majors.

 

Chris Klemm's Career Stats

 

Year/Team

HR

RBI

AVG

SB

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

BB

KO

2002 Cal-Irvine

(College)

1

38

.335

8

53

176

30

59

15

2

16

28

2003 Cal-Irvine

(College)

5

27

.319

9

59

207

35

66

11

6

24

50

2003 Gulf Coast

(Rookie)

2

23

.336

3

42

143

20

48

8

2

18

43

 


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