Former Youngstown State baseball player Phil Klein will make his debut for the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday evening against the San Francisco Giants at Citizens Bank Park. The contest is MLB.TV's free game of the day.
Klein made the 2016 Opening Day roster for the Texas Rangers, and he made eight relief appearances in the first month of the season. He was claimed off waivers by the Phillies on June 20 and pitched in eight games for Triple-A Lehigh Valley prior to his call-up.
Klein made his Major League debut on Aug. 1, 2014, as a reliever when the Rangers played at Cleveland. He also made the Opening Day roster for Texas in 2015, and he won his first big-league start on May 20, 2015.
Klein finished his Youngstown State career ranking second in career strikeouts with 258 and sixth in innings pitched with 252. He set YSU's single-season record with 15 starts and recorded a Horizon-League leading 105 strikeouts, the second-highest total for a season in school history, as a senior in 2011. Klein was selected by the Rangers in the 30th round as the 924th overall pick of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft.