The Indians have a solid rotation coming into 2017.
Kluber, Carassco, Salazar, Tomlin and Bauer should all open the season in the starting five. But, if we learned anything in 2016, its that pitchers fall out during the season. And, when one of those five inevitably gets hurt, I think Mike Clevinger will be the first guy they call on to plug a hole.
He was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim back in 2011, in the 4th round, out of Seminole Community College (Sanford, FL). In 2014 he was traded to the Indians for RP Vinny Pestano.
So far, it looks like a great trade. Pestano has not really been missed, and Clevinger has become a legit option for the rotation.
In 2016, at AAA Columbus, he went 11-1 with a 3.00 ERA, allowing 78 hits, walking 35 and striking out 97 in 93 IP. Good for a 1.215 WHIP.
In the majors he…had some bumps. He would get 53 innings under his belt with the Tribe, going 3-3 with a 5.26 ERA/1.491 WHIP. He bounced between the pen and the rotation.
But there is plenty to be excited about. Even with the rough patches at the big league level he continued to strike guys out. He also had some impressive relief outings. And with some of the pitching talent coming up through the system, and the current age of the big league rotation, I would not be terribly upset if he settles into a power reliever role.
I was happy to get this autograph. He does not like signing sweet spot cards, and I kind of assumed he would not sign a scorecard…but there you go.
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