The Cleveland Indians have announced through Twitter that Mike Clevinger will be promoted to the major leagues to make his MLB debut on Wednesday. Clevinger will officially be added to the team tomorrow when another roster move will need to be made to make room. In other roster moves today, Lonnie Chisenhall was activated from the bereavement list and Cody Anderson was optioned to make room for Chisenhall.
In seven starts with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers this season, Clevinger has recorded 36 strikeouts, 17 walks, 28 hits, and 12 earned runs. This was his first full season in Triple-A, although he made a brief appearance in the Clippers' playoff run last season. If Clevinger is to succeed in his new role on the Indians, he will need to get his recent walk issues down. He has walked 11.6 percent of the batters he has faced in 2016, one of the highest rates of his career at any level.
Clevinger was slated to start in a Tuesday morning start but was instead scratched at the last second. I speculated that it might be due to a forthcoming call-up (it wasn't exactly a stretch, to be fair), and it looks like that was the case.
Our own community voted Clevinger as the Indians' third overall prospect -- the top pitching prospect -- in our yearly vote this past January. MLB Pipeline has Clevinger ranked as the Tribe's No. 7 prospect behind pitchers Triston McKenzie, Justus Sheffield, and Brady Aiken.
It has been an exciting month for the 25-year-old pitcher. Earlier this month he welcomed his daughter, Penelope, into the world, and now he is preparing for his start in the major leagues. I think I speak for everyone when I say we cannot wait to see what he and that flowing hair of his do for the next several years.