Monday, September 6, 2010

Interview with Phils Minor League Catcher Jim Klocke

Last week Jim Klocke became the first 2010 Phillies draft pick to reach Class A level baseball. Many of this year's draft picks have been playing rookie league ball with the Gulf Coast League Phillies, who won their league championship last week, and with the Williamsport CrossCutters of the NY-Penn League. With a hamstring injury to Sebastian Valle that sidelined the highly regarded catching prospect last week, the Phillies promoted Klocke (pronounced clock-ee) to fill the void.

In his debut with Lakewood on Wednesday, Klocke laced 3 hits and scored 3 runs for the BlueClaws, helping them lock down the second half division title in the South Atlantic League's North division.

A 31st round pick out of Southeast Missouri State in the 2010 amateur draft, Klocke signed with the Phillies and posted a .274 batting average with a .717 OPS in 29 games with short season Williamsport.

Last week I spoke with Klocke about his promotion, his draft experience and more. Check out the media player below to listen to the full interview.


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