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Maikel Cleto | Relief Pitcher

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (25) / 5/1/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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White Sox purchased the contract of RHP Maikel Cleto from Triple-A Charlotte.
Cleto was designated for assignment by the Pale House in May, but he passed through waivers and is now getting another shot at the major league level. The 25-year-old right-hander has always been a hard thrower, but he owns an ugly 7.89 career ERA in the bigs. Aug 4 - 2:09 PM

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White Sox sent RHP Maikel Cleto outright to Triple-A Charlotte.

Cleto had been designated for assignment over the weekend, but he's cleared waivers and will remain in the organization. The hard-throwing righty held a 5.14 ERA, 1.93 WHIP and 10/15 K/BB ratio over his 14 frames for the White Sox.
May 12 - 6:25 PM

White Sox designated RHP Maikel Cleto for assignment.

The hard-throwing right-hander impressed early on, and was even in the conversation for saves for the White Sox, but posted a disappointing 5.14 ERA, 1.93 WHIP and 10/15 K/BB ratio over his 14 frames. He'll look to latch on elsewhere.
May 10 - 3:03 PM

Maikel Cleto and Daniel Webb both gave up two runs Thursday in relief against the Tigers.

It was a good day for Matt Lindstrom, and he didn't even take the mound. Cleto and Webb are the two candidates on the active roster to displace Lindstrom, and both hurt their cases in this one.
Apr 24 - 5:02 PM

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

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

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Tyler Flowers
2Adrian Nieto
3Kevan Smith
1B1Jose Abreu
2B1Carlos Sanchez
2Leury Garcia
SS1Alexei Ramirez
2Tyler Saladino
3B1Conor Gillaspie
LF1Melky Cabrera
2Dayan Viciedo
3J.B. Shuck
CF1Adam Eaton
2Tony Campana
RF1Avisail Garcia
2Jordan Danks
DH1Adam LaRoche
2Andy Wilkins
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Sale
2Jeff Samardzija
3Jose Quintana
4John Danks
5Hector Noesi
6Francellis Montas
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1David Robertson
2Zach Putnam
3Jake Petricka
4Zach Duke
5Daniel Webb
6Javy Guerra
7Nate Jones
8Maikel Cleto
9Dan Jennings
10Onelki Garcia
11Eric Surkamp
12Joe Savery
13Zach Phillips