Adam Kloffenstein, one of the top-rated prospects in the 2018 TCU baseball recruiting class, reportedly will be going pro instead of playing for the Horned Frogs.
The Star-Telegram’s Stefan Stevenson, citing sources, reported Tuesday that Kloffenstein would forgo his collegiate eligibility after being drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays with the No. 88 overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. Although the slot value for that pick is $652,900, per MLB.com’s Jim Callis, Toronto reportedly offered Kloffenstein a signing bonus of $2.5 million.
Listed at 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, the 17-year-old is believed to have a lot of untapped potential. Here’s what the 2017 scouting report on Kloffenstein from Perfect Game says:
Big and strong athletic build, very young for the class and still has lots of projection. High 3/4’s arm stroke with good extension out front, uses his lower half well, medium length arm stroke, generates plane to the plate. Low 90s fastball that topped out at 93 mph, occasional cutting action. Shows very good feel for spinning the ball, can add and subtract and vary the break, true curveball is more advanced at present but both pitches will be assets in the future. Firm changeup with feel. Can mix and match and work hitters. Strong performance and there is more to come.
Fellow TCU commit Mateo Gil was also taken in the third round at No. 95 overall by the St. Louis Cardinals and is expected to go pro.
Luken Baker was the first TCU player taken in the 2018 draft, going No. 75 overall to the Cardinals. Reliever Durbin Feltman went No. 100 overall to the Boston Red Sox, while pitcher Sean Wymer went No. 116 overall to Toronto.