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Former Cal Poly star and minor-league prospect Matt Imhof suffers serious eye injury

Former Cal Poly baseball standout Matt Imhof, a second-round draft pick by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2014, underwent eye surgery Monday following a freak training accident.
Former Cal Poly baseball standout Matt Imhof, a second-round draft pick by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2014, underwent eye surgery Monday following a freak training accident.

Former Cal Poly standout pitcher Matt Imhof suffered a “potentially career-threatening eye injury” during a training exercise late last week, according a report posted on ESPN.com Monday afternoon.

The 6-foot-5, left-handed Imhof was the 47th-overall pick by the Philadelphia Phillies during the 2014 Major League Baseball draft, receiving a signing bonus of nearly $1.2 million.

Imhof was injured during a postgame exercise routine when his Class A Clearwater Threshers were on the road playing the Brevard County Manatees, an affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers organization.

Imhof was “struck in the face while using a rubber resistance band anchored to a wall. The mounted anchor broke off the wall, a source said, and damaged Imhof’s right eye,” according to a story on Philly.com.

Imhof’s agent, Adam Karon, also said the 22-year-old pitcher underwent surgery and could need additional procedures.

Imhof was one of six Mustangs drafted in 2014. He went 10-4 as a junior with a team-high 124 strikeouts against 43 walks and helped Cal Poly host the San Luis Obispo Regional for the first time in program history.

Since entering professional baseball, MLB.com ranked Imhof as Philadelphia’s No. 19 prospect in 2015. He has struggled with accuracy this season, however, and was recently moved to the Clearwater bullpen.

Imhof owns a 3.91 ERA in 14 games this season with 48 strikeouts against 43 walks in 53 innings.

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