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Maikel Cleto | Relief Pitcher

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/1/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 250
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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Braves signed RHP Maikel Cleto to a minor league contract.
Cleto was cut by the White Sox at the end of spring training and hooked up with Vaqueros Laguna of the Mexican League, for whom he registered a 1.29 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, and 16/2 K/BB ratio in 14 innings of relief. Now the 27-year-old righty will try to make it back to the major leagues with the Braves. He has a pretty good shot of pulling that off considering the lack of talent in the Atlanta bullpen. Jul 11 - 11:07 AM

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White Sox released RHP Maikel Cleto.

They re-signed Cleto to a minor league deal last month but ultimately determined he no longer fit in their organization. The hard-throwing right has just never been able to harness his big fastball.
Mar 31 - 4:27 PM

White Sox re-signed RHP Maikel Cleto to a minor league contract.

Cleto, 26, held a 3.00 ERA with 61 strikeouts over 51 relief innings at the Triple-A level last season. The hard-thrower has whiffed 58 over 45 frames during his time in the majors but has also walked 30 while posting a 6.60 ERA.
Feb 5 - 8:59 AM

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

The 25-year-old had a good chance of cracking the Opening Day bullpen heading into spring camp, but posted a troublesome 11.74 ERA and 2.09 WHIP over his 7 2/3 innings. He'll attempt to get back on track in the minor leagues, and should get a chance with the big league club at some point during the 2015 campaign.
Fri, Apr 3, 2015 09:43:00 PM

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.
Mon, Aug 4, 2014 02:09:00 PM

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.
Mon, May 12, 2014 06:25:00 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.
Sat, May 10, 2014 03:03:00 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.
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 05:02:00 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.
Sat, Mar 1, 2014 11:45:00 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.
Wed, Feb 26, 2014 03:03:00 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.
Mon, Feb 17, 2014 02:02:00 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

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