• Full name George Edward Klassen
  • Born 01/26/2002 in West Bend, WI
  • Profile Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 170 / Bats: R / Throws: R
  • School Minnesota
  • Drafted in the 6th round (193rd overall) by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2023 (signed for $297,500).
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    School: Minnesota Source: 4YR

    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.5
    Klassen is one of the hardest throwers in the 2023 draft class and wowed scouts with his pure velocity in 2022 with Minnesota and during the summer in the Northwoods League, with a fastball that’s been above 100 mph at peak velocity. Klassen is still looking to refine his strike-throwing, though he managed a significant step forward in 2023 after walking a quarter of the batters he faced in a brief bullpen stint in 2022. He posted a 5.72 ERA in 56.2 innings, with an 18.6% strikeout rate and a 17.9% walk rate. Those numbers don’t give the 6-foot-2, 170-pound righthander credit for his arm talent, which is impressive. He averaged 97-98 mph on his fastball this spring, and touched 101 mph at peak velocity. Klassen threw the pitch for strikes less than 60% of the time, which limited its effectiveness, as could his moderate shape on the pitch. He also has a firm breaking ball in the mid 80s that has three-quarter shape and flashes an average look when he doesn’t leave it hanging, and he showcased a solid cutter in the upper 80s during the 2023 MLB Draft Combine which had short and hard glove-side movement. Klassen needs to improve his control and command across the board, and is a reliever-only prospect because of that, but his huge velocity provides an intriguing upside play.

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  • FCL Phillies activated RHP George Klassen.
  • RHP George Klassen assigned to FCL Phillies.
  • Philadelphia Phillies signed RHP George Klassen.
  • College Workout activated RHP George Klassen. Minnesota Golden Gophers.
  • RHP George Klassen assigned to Minnesota Golden Gophers.

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