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Junior all-American catcher Jim Klocke was drafted in the 46th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Junior all-American catcher Jim Klocke was drafted in the 46th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft.
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Klocke Drafted by St. Louis Cardinals in the 46th Round

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June 11, 2009

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Southeast Missouri State University junior catcher Jim Klocke (St. Louis, Mo./St. John Vianney) was selected in the 46th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. He was the 1389th overall selection in the draft.

Klocke is the first Southeast baseball player to be drafted in the MLB First-Year Player Draft since Zach Borowiak and Tim Alvarez were drafted in 2003. Borowiak, taken in the 14th round by the Boston Red Sox, was the highest drafted player in school history, and Alvarez was chosen in the 36th round by the San Francisco Giants.

Klocke has garnered multiple postseason honors after having his best season at the plate in 2009. The junior catcher was named to the Louisville Slugger All-America Third Team by Collegiate Baseball newspaper, and he earned an honorable mention on the Ping!Baseball Post-Season All-America squad. He was also awarded ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Second Team honors for his outstanding performance in the classroom.

Earning All-OVC First Team accolades for the second consecutive season, Klocke finished the season ranked in the top 100 in the nation in batting average (.394, 86th), doubles (20, 64th), and on-base percentage (.484, 73rd). Klocke also recorded 56 runs scored, nine home runs, 46 runs batted in, and a .654 slugging percentage, all of which are career highs.

In his first year in the closer role, Klocke also recorded seven saves this season, which ranks 75th in the nation. He pitched 23.2 innings in 17 appearances on the mound, and he recorded 22 strikeouts while allowing just seven walks.

Klocke was one of nine players from the Ohio Valley Conference drafted in the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Two players were selected during the first day of the draft. Eastern Illinois left-handed pitcher Tyler Kehrer was selected 48th overall (Compensation Round A) by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Jacksonville State right-handed pitcher Ben Tootle was selected with the 101st overall pick (Third Round) by the Minnesota Twins.


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