Phil William Klein...was first team all-conference selection in 2009 and second team selection in 2011 at Youngstown State University…recorded 105 strikeouts in 2011, second-most in Penguin history… majored in finance at YSU...was a two-year letterwinner at Gahanna Lincoln High School, earning honorable mention all-district honors as a senior...was on the merit roll or honor roll every year...twin brother, Mitch, played baseball at Ashland (OH) University…father, Brian, played baseball at Capital University in Columbus, Ohip…enjoys watching Ohio State football and basketball.
Claimed a spot on the Opening Day roster, but spent the majority of the campaign shuffling between Arlington and Round Rock…made a pair of spot starts for Texas in May, his first starts at the major league level…finished campaign in the Round Rock rotation and was the club's top starter in the Pacific Coast League playoffs.
Debuted with the Rangers in August after compiling a 35.0 inning scoreless streak at the minor league level…earned MiLB.com organizational All-Star honors, after combining to go 3-0 with a 0.52 ERA (3 ER/51.2 IP) and 10 saves over 33 relief appearances with Frisco (Class AA) and Round Rock (Class AAA)… did not allow a home run to 196 batters faced at the minor league level…returned to Frisco and led the Rough Riders with 10 saves…was a mid-season Texas League All-Star…promoted to Round Rock on June 25…appeared in nine games and tossed 18.1 scoreless innings with 28 strikeouts to extend scoreless inning streak to 35.0…had contract purchased from Round Rock on Aug. 1 and made major league debut that night at Cleveland in his native Ohio…surrendered home run to first ML batter faced, Lonnie Chisenhall…suffered first ML loss Aug. 3 at Cleveland, allowing a 12th inning walk-off home run to Michael Brantley, the first batter he faced in the game…was the only pitcher to allow a home run to the first batter faced in each of his first two major league outings in at least the last 100 years according to Stats, Inc… did not allow a run over next five appearances (6.2 IP), including career-best five strikeouts on Aug. 14 vs. Tampa Bay…permitted just one run over final seven outings (7.1 IP), holding RH batters 0-for-15 with seven strikeouts.
Averaged 11.5 SO/9 in 36 games/2 starts between Myrtle Beach (A+) and Frisco...combined to go 6-1 with a 2.41 ERA (18 ER/67.1 IP) and 86 strikeouts against 47 walks...held opponents to a .210 average (51-243), including a .180 mark (25-139) by right-handed batters...opened the season with Myrtle Beach and tossed 11.2 scoreless innings over his first 6 appearances…promoted to Frisco on 5/1.
Split season between Hickory (A) and Myrtle Beach…combined to go 6-0 with a 1.73 ERA (12 ER/62.1 IP) and 67 strikeouts over 40 relief appearances…was a South Atlantic League Mid-Season All-Star…limited left-handed batters to a .155 average (11-71), with opponents hitting .182 (39-214) overall…converted 8 of 9 save chances…promoted to Myrtle Beach on 8/13…struck out 41.2% of Carolina League batters faced…surrendered just 2 hits (single, HR), allowing just 4 of 34 batters faced to reach base safely…tossed 2.0 innings of scoreless relief in the Carolina League playoffs.
Split first professional season between AZL Rangers and Spokane…combined to go 1-2 with a 3.98 ERA (9 ER/20.1 IP) over 12 relief appearances...promoted to Spokane on 7/14.