Mike Clevinger, owner of a 2.80 ERA since the start of 2015 and some of the finest locks of hair in the Minors, has been called up to the Cleveland Indians and is set to make his MLB debut on Wednesday against the Cincinnati Reds.
Clevinger, who is currently 5-0 for the Columbus Clippers this season, has certainly seen his fair share of the Minor Leagues. After being selected in the 4th round of the 2011 draft, the tall right-hander had to wait roughly 4 years for his breakout season that finally put him on the map in the Cleveland farm system.
In 2015, Clevinger went 9-8 with a 2.73 ERA and an impressive .219 BAA. His strong performance sent him flying up prospect boards, debuting as the #9 Indians prospect in CST’s annual rankings. His strong 2015 showing coupled with a solid start at AAA in 2016 (5-0, 3.03 ERA) was enough to convince Terry Francona and Indians brass to call the 25-year-old up to the bigs.
Clevinger will replace Cody Anderson in the rotation, who served up 10 dingers in 32 2/2 innings pitched this season.
By Jay Cannon
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