Klinker enjoying camp with hometown team

Klinker enjoying camp with hometown team

Klinker enjoying camp with hometown team
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Pitcher Matt Klinker is a rarity in Reds camp that doesn't come along very often. Klinker actually comes from the Cincinnati area and graduated from Lakota West High School in West Chester, Ohio.

The Reds made Klinker a 15th-round Draft pick out of Furman University in 2007.

"It'd be an honor to be in a big league camp anywhere, but with my hometown team, it's just icing on the cake," Klinker said.

In one game this spring, Klinker has a 13.50 ERA. He is scheduled to pitch in a "B" game on Tuesday vs. the Indians.

Klinker, 26, split last season at Double-A Carolina and Triple-A Louisville. He was 7-6 with a 2.83 ERA in 18 starts at Carolina and 4-4 with a 5.85 ERA in 10 games at Louisville.

"I didn't have as good stats at Triple-A as Double-A, but I finished the year with a lot of innings and a decent ERA," said Klinker. "That's what I feel like I can bring to the table -- eat some innings up and keep the team in the game and be competitive."

Klinker, who is likely going to be back in Louisville's rotation, had 138 strikeouts over 163 2/3 combined innings in 2010 and prefers to use his sinker, curveball and changeup to put the ball into play.

"I'm a big, big proponent of pitching to contact. I try to be efficient with my pitches," Klinker said.