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Maikel Cleto | Relief Pitcher

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (24) / 5/1/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Maikel Cleto will throw a live batting practice session on Saturday.
The hard-throwing right-hander is expected to compete for a spot in a re-tooled White Sox bullpen this spring. He certainly has the stuff to be successful in the later innings, but needs to improve his command if he wants to have consistent success. Mar 1 - 11:45 AM

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White Sox claimed RHP Maikel Cleto off waivers from the Royals.

Cleto was designated for assignment by the Royals earlier this month. The 24-year-old has allowed 18 earned runs in 15 2/3 innings in the majors, but he throws hard and Chicago will try to harness his potential.
Feb 26 - 3:03 PM

Royals designated RHP Maikel Cleto for assignment.

The move opened a 40-man roster spot for Jimmy Paredes, who was claimed off waivers from the Orioles. Cleto throws hard, but the 24-year-old righty has allowed 18 earned runs in 15 2/3 career major league innings.
Feb 17 - 2:02 PM

Royals claimed RHP Maikel Cleto off waivers from the Cardinals.

Cleto has a fastball that can occasionally reach triple digits, but he rarely knows where it's going. The 24-year-old has put up a 6.92 ERA and 53/53 K/BB ratio over 53 1/3 innings at Triple-A this season. He's been assigned to Triple-A Omaha.
Sun, Jun 23, 2013 03:43:00 PM

Cardinals optioned RHP Maikel Cleto to Triple-A Memphis.

Cleto allowed five earned runs over 2 1/3 innings Wednesday in a long relief appearance against the Diamondbacks. The hard-throwing right-hander owns an ugly 10.34 career ERA in the major leagues.
Thu, Jun 6, 2013 12:25:00 PM

Cardinals recalled RHP Maikel Cleto from Triple-A Memphis.

Cleto has just a 5.67 ERA in 13 appearances (six starts) with the Cardinals' Triple-A affiliate. The hard-throwing 24-year-old will provide bullpen depth.
Wed, Jun 5, 2013 01:20:00 PM

Cardinals reassigned RHP Maikel Cleto, C Rob Johnson and INF Greg Garcia to minor league camp.

Cleto impressed this spring, posting a 1.35 ERA while striking out 10 over 6 2/3 innings, but he didn't have a real shot to crack the Opening Day roster. The hard-thrower should be up with the big club at some point this season, though.
Fri, Mar 29, 2013 04:05:00 PM

Cardinals optioned RHP Maikel Cleto to Triple-A Memphis.

Cleto was demoted to make room for Trevor Rosenthal's promotion. The 23-year-old will return to a 4.50 ERA and 34/9 K/BB ratio over 26 minor league innings.
Mon, Jul 16, 2012 10:54:00 AM

Cardinals recalled RHP Maikel Cleto from Triple-A Memphis.

Cleto appeared in four games for the Cardinals earlier this month. He'll serve as a middle reliever initially, but has the makeup to be used in a setup role.
Sat, Jun 30, 2012 10:12:00 AM

Cardinals optioned RHP Maikel Cleto to Triple-A Memphis.

Cleto appeared in just four games for the Cardinals, registering a poor 5.40 ERA and 2.00 WHIP over five innings of work. He has a live arm, but needs to refine his game in the minor leagues before he is ready to contribute full-time at the big league level.
Tue, Jun 19, 2012 12:06:00 PM

The Cardinals will option Maikel Cleto back to the Triple-A level before Tuesday night's game.

Cleto has registered a poor 5.40 ERA and 2.00 WHIP in five innings of relief this season for the defending World Series champions. The 23-year-old can hit the upper-90s with his fastball but doesn't have the secondary stuff to be a successful major league reliever at this point.
Mon, Jun 18, 2012 09:09:00 AM

Cardinals recalled RHP Maikel Cleto from Triple-A Memphis.

He'll take one of the roster spots vacated by Brandon Dickson and Chuckie Fick, who were optioned to the minors Thursday. The Cards will make another move Friday. Cleto, 23, has a 4.50 ERA and 34/9 K/BB ratio over 26 innings at the Triple-A level this year. The hard-throwing right-hander will likely be used in a middle relief role.
Thu, May 31, 2012 04:54:00 PM

Cardinals optioned RHP Maikel Cleto to Triple-A Memphis.

Cleto allowed five runs in 3 2/3 innings of Grapefruit League action this spring. The hard-throwing right-hander will function as organizational relief depth this year for the defending World Series champions.
Wed, Mar 14, 2012 05:06:00 PM

Cardinals recalled RHP Maikel Cleto from Triple-A Memphis.

The Cards' bullpen has been overworked in recent days, so Cleto will be available to eat up some innings. The 21-year-old isn't ready for prime time yet, having been drilled for six runs over 3 1/3 innings in his previous stints this season, but he has a big arm and could help out if he can manage to keep his walks down.
Sat, Sep 3, 2011 11:08:00 AM

Cardinals optioned RHP Maikel Cleto to Double-A Springfield.

Cleto made just one appearance during his most recent stay with the big club, allowing one run on three hits and two walks over 1 1/3 innings against the Phillies on Tuesday. While the hard-throwing youngster has plenty of potential, he just doesn't look major-league ready right now.
Thu, Jun 23, 2011 03:28:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Tyler Flowers
2Adrian Nieto
1B1Jose Abreu
2B1Gordon Beckham
2Marcus Semien
3Leury Garcia
SS1Alexei Ramirez
3B1Conor Gillaspie
2Jeff Keppinger
LF1Alejandro De Aza
2Dayan Viciedo
CF1Adam Eaton
RF1Avisail Garcia
2Jordan Danks
DH1Adam Dunn
2Paul Konerko
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Sale
2John Danks
3Jose Quintana
4Erik Johnson
5Felipe Paulino
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Matt Lindstrom
2Nate Jones
3Ronald Belisario
4Scott Downs
5Daniel Webb
6Zach Putnam
7Maikel Cleto
8Jacob Petricka