Mike Clevinger
Mike Clevinger
28-Year-Old PitcherSP
Cleveland Indians
10-Day IL
Injury Ankle
Est. Return 6/28/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Clevinger avoided the sophomore slump in 2018 by not being a sophomore. He quietly exceeded his rookie eligibility in 2016. Last season was a nice step forward for Clevinger as he showed more command of his pitches than he had the previous two seasons and got to the 200-inning mark in just his third season in the majors. Although advanced pitch metrics show that all four of Clevinger's pitchers were better than average, he does struggle more against lefties who had 13 of the 21 homers against him last year and slugged 84 points better against than their right-handed teammates. Clevinger had a 31% increase in his workload from 2017 to 2018 (when including postseason work), but at age 28, that should not be as much of an issue as it is for other younger pitchers. Back-to-back seasons of stranding 80% of his runners is fortune rarely enjoyed by a starter, so factor in some ERA regression this season and you'll be fine. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Indians in March of 2018.
Officially lands on IL
PCleveland Indians
Ankle
June 21, 2019
Clevinger (ankle) was placed on the 10-day injured list Friday, retroactive to June 18, with a left ankle sprain.
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Clevinger suffered the ankle sprain in Monday's start against the Rangers, which was his first start after missing two months with a back injury. The 28-year-old has no set timeline for his return but will miss at least one turn through the rotation. According to Zack Meisel of The Athletic, Aaron Civale is slated to be called up to start for the Indians on Saturday.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-18%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-63%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-10%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-30%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .235 641 156 68 133 34 3 22
Since 2017vs Right .193 733 217 66 128 30 0 13
2019vs Left .121 37 16 4 4 3 0 1
2019vs Right .045 25 13 3 1 0 0 0
2018vs Left .234 410 90 42 85 18 3 13
2018vs Right .211 400 117 25 79 18 0 8
2017vs Left .257 194 50 22 44 13 0 8
2017vs Right .180 308 87 38 48 12 0 5
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-8%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-9%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-35%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.15 1.18 177.1 13 6 0 10.4 3.1 1.1
Since 2017Away 2.91 1.16 161.0 13 9 0 9.4 4.1 0.7
2019Home 0.00 0.50 12.0 1 0 0 16.5 3.0 0.0
2019Away 9.64 1.29 4.2 0 1 0 13.5 5.8 1.9
2018Home 3.14 1.16 106.0 7 3 0 9.7 2.5 1.0
2018Away 2.87 1.15 94.0 6 5 0 8.9 3.6 0.9
2017Home 3.79 1.35 59.1 5 3 0 10.3 4.2 1.5
2017Away 2.45 1.16 62.1 7 3 0 10.0 4.6 0.4
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Stat Review
How does Mike Clevinger compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 40 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
4.14
 
K/9
15.7
 
BB/9
3.8
 
HR/9
0.5
 
Fastball
95.8 mph
 
ERA
2.70
 
WHIP
0.72
 
BABIP
.182
 
GB/FB
1.25
 
Left On Base
66.0%
 
Exit Velocity
87.3 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.0%
 
Spin Rate
2160 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
40.0%
 
Swinging Strike
16.9%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
Clevinger would be a first rounder if hair were a scoring category as he has a magical mane. What he does not have is consistent command as it comes and goes from game to game. There were times in 2017 when he looked dominating in outings and there were times he could not complete five innings due to high pitch counts and an inability to find the strike zone (4.4 BB/9). Clevinger has his flaws, but it is tough to overlook his potential as he strikes out 10 per nine innings and holds batters to a low batting average (.210), thus largely offsetting the free passes he is fond of handing out. His ERA was lower than it should have been as he stranded 79.7 percent of his runners, which is tough for a starting pitcher to do. He should be in the Cleveland rotation in 2018, so bank on wins, strikeouts and some WHIP help while keeping your fingers crossed that the ERA does not get too close to 4.00.
Clevinger looks like a Jacob deGrom starter kit, though he didn't quite pitch like one in a 53-inning debut sample. He has the 93-95 mph heater and three secondary pitches, but he leans on the slider and changeup while the curveball is more of a show-me pitch. The right-hander struggled a bit the third time through the lineup like most young arms. He also started slow so he really only found success in the third and fourth innings of his starts. He was also solid in 12 innings of relief. He needs to figure out righties again if he's going to find success similar to his minor league track record (3.41 ERA, 2.8 K/BB). Homers were his undoing, almost exclusively because of a lack of fastball command. He yielded too many walks with it to righties and lefties, but righties had a 600-point better OPS with five homers in 75 plate appearances. In summation: Clevinger has some common young-arm issues, but enough raw stuff to stay firmly on the radar.
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Headed to IL
PCleveland Indians
Ankle
June 20, 2019
Clevinger (ankle) is expected to land on the 10-day injured list, Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
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Hoping to pitch Saturday
PCleveland Indians
Ankle
June 18, 2019
The Indians hope Clevinger (ankle) will be able to pitch Saturday versus the Tigers, Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
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Shaky in return
PCleveland Indians
June 17, 2019
Clevinger (1-1) gave up five runs on three hits and three walks while striking out seven through 4.2 innings, taking the loss against the Rangers on Monday.
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Activated ahead of start
PCleveland Indians
June 17, 2019
Clevinger (back) was activated from the 60-day injured list ahead of his scheduled start Monday against the Rangers.
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Set to rejoin rotation Monday
PCleveland Indians
Back
June 12, 2019
Clevinger (back) will be activated from the 60-day injured list to start Monday against the Rangers, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
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