I hope you’ve been following the Redleg Nation Spotlight Players over in the left column. Please be sure to follow Logan Parker’s career as he continues to heat up for the Dayton Dragons. Logan will hopefully be checking in with us soon for an update.

We’re very excited to announce today that Matt Klinker has agreed to join us here at RN. Klinker is a recent draftee of the Reds, having been selected in the 15th round of the 2007 draft out of Furman University. He’s also a local guy:

Lakota West (graduate) Matt Klinker (was) drafted Friday on the second day of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.

Klinker, a 6-foot-5, 210-pound right-handed pitcher from Furman University, was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 15th round.

Klinker recently graduated from Furman with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. In 2007, he posted a 5-6 record with 4.57 ERA. He surrendered 85 hits and 26 walks while recording 70 strikeouts.

For his career, Klinker was 16-15 with a 4.53 ERA. His 16 victories rank eighth in school history, and his 223 career strikeouts are fifth most for Paladin pitchers.

We’re very excited to have Matt on board. Matt will be logging in as frequently as he is able with updates on life in rookie ball, and the adjustments involved in going from college to professional baseball. We look forward to following Matt’s career, and you can follow right along with us by continuing to check out his Spotlight Player page..

As you get to know him, I think you’ll agree that Matt is a fine young man, and a good example of the type of kid the Reds would like to have in this organization.

More information about Matt is below the fold, but be sure to check back around lunchtime today, when Matt will make his first post to Redleg Nation.

About Matt:

The West Chester, Ohio, product graduated from Furman last Saturday with a bachelor of arts degree in business administration. He was a 2007 selection to Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities was twice named to the Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.

In 2007 he posted a 5-6 record and 4.57 earned run average. In a staff leading 86 2/3 innings of work, he surrendered 85 hits and 26 walks while recording 70 strikeouts. Opponents hit .254 against him. He was named SoCon Pitcher-of-the-Week on May 21 on the strength of a complete game, three-hit performance in Furman’s 4-2 win over The Citadel in which he threw only 88 pitches and faced just 29 batters, two above the minimum.

For his career he posted a 16-15 record and 4.53 ERA. His 16 victories rank eighth in school history, and his 223 career strikeouts is the fifth highest total by a Paladin. During his Paladin tenure Klinker helped Furman to a pair of 30-win seasons, including a 2005 campaign that saw Furman win the Southern Conference Tournament championship en route to the program’s fifth NCAA Tournament appearance. He went 6-4 with a 3.90 ERA in 2006 in keying Furman to a 32-23 season and third place SoCon regular season finish.

5 Responses

  1. GregD

    I like the spotlight player features. Good luck to you, Mr. Klinker! I wish you much success in your professional baseball career.

  2. RagTag

    I agree, Greg. Welcome, Mr. Klinker! Hope to see you taking Billings by storm, starting tonight.

  3. Phil Rizzuto Parmesan

    Add my voice. Welcome and good luck! Would I be wrong to guess that someone somewhere along the line tagged you with the nickname “Colonel”? If not, consider it done. 😀

  4. matt klinker

    Thanks for the comments. I’m very excited for tonight’s opening game. And yes, Colonel Klink has been a well received nickname for a few years now.

  5. john hicklin

    matt–congratulations on becoming a redleg! my wife and i lived 2 doors from you in madisonvile. i hope you have great success and i look forward to seeing you on tv or in cincy.

    john hicklin