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Riley Kjeldgaard

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 5", Weight 215 lb.

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Brock Kjeldgaard has had two 20-homer seasons in the minors through 2011.

Kjeldgaard began his career as a pitcher. The Milwaukee Brewers took him in the 34th round of the 2005 amateur draft. The scout was Harvey Kuenn, Jr. He spent two summers pitching for the Helena Brewers, going 1-2 with a save and a 5.29 ERA in 16 games (8 starts) in 2006 and 0-1 with a 5.91 ERA in 17 games (1 start) in 2007. Overall, he had a 5.53 ERA and allowed 93 hits and 34 walks in 81 1/3 IP.

Brock was moved to first base in 2008. Back with Helena, he hit .278/.350/.503 with 27 doubles, 14 homers, 55 runs, 65 RBI and 113 strikeouts in 75 games. He led the Pioneer League in games played, at-bats (306), putouts at 1B (744), assists at 1B (55), double plays at 1B (55, tied) and whiffs, tied for second in home runs (one behind leader Luis Jimenez, even with Roberto Lopez and Angel Castillo), tied for second in RBI (even with Jimenez, trailing Lopez), was third in total bases (154), third in extra-base hits (41) and fifth in hits (85). He made the Pioneer League All-Star team at first base.

In 2009, the Edmonton native played both first and the corner outfield spots regularly for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. He produced at a .250/.342/.458 clip with 30 doubles, 20 home runs and 74 RBI. He struck out a whopping 172 times in 472 at-bats (his 6' 5" frame left him a huge strike zone). He tied Ryan Flaherty for third in the Midwest League in circuit clouts, was 4th in extra-base hits (54) and second in strikeouts, behind Kyle Russell. He tied Carlos Peguero for fourth in the affiliated minors in whiffs, 19 behind leader Greg Halman.

Kjeldgaard was primarily a left fielder for the 2010 Brevard County Manatees. He batted .245/.308/.416 with 29 doubles, 17 home runs and 75 RBI. He struck out even more, 175 times, though his K rate was down a bit as he had 490 AB. He was fourth in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League in homers, behind Mike McDade, Quincy Latimore and Melky Mesa. He also led the FSL in strikeouts, 26 more than anyone else. In the affiliated minors, he was 5th in Ks behind Denny Almonte, Brandon Waring, Peguero and Russell.

He split 2011 between Brevard County (.268/.366/.558, 18 HR in 65 G) and the Huntsville Stars (.271/.341/.424, 6 HR in 61 G). Overall, he was down to 141 strikeouts while going deep 24 times and driving in 76. He again played mostly in the corner outfield, with some action at 1B and DH. He then joined Team Canada for the 2011 Baseball World Cup and 2011 Pan American Games.

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