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Portrait of Maikel Cleto

Maikel Cleto PCubs

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2017 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 28)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
37.0 4.10 1.27 38 2 1 1 0.3
Birth Date5-1-1989
Height6' 3"
Weight250 lbs
Age28 years, 1 months, 24 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
-0.02013
-0.12014
2015
2016
0.32017
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2011 SLN MLB 3 0 4.3 0 0 0 7 4 6 2 .272 92 14.5 8.3 4.2 12.5 47% .385 .441 2.54 8.99 12.46 85 2.83 65.9 0.1
2012 SLN MLB 9 0 9.0 0 0 0 13 2 15 4 .249 97 13.0 2.0 4.0 15.0 30% .474 .390 1.67 6.57 7.00 67 2.31 52.9 0.3
2013 SLN MLB 1 0 2.3 0 0 0 5 1 5 1 .254 101 19.3 3.9 3.9 19.3 14% .667 .421 2.57 8.16 19.29 64 5.14 123.0 -0.0
2014 CHA MLB 28 0 29.3 0 1 0 24 23 32 3 .259 104 7.4 7.1 0.9 9.8 44% .273 .289 1.60 4.96 4.60 103 4.85 119.1 -0.1
CareerMLB41045.001049305810.2581029.86.02.011.640%.339.3341.765.846.60914.16100.90.2

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2007 MTS Rk 11 4 34.0 1 2 1 34 25 28 2 .248 101 9.0 6.6 0.5 7.4 57% .320 .271 1.74 4.94 5.03 0 0.00 0.0
2008 SAV A 25 22 135.7 5 11 0 140 34 81 8 .262 95 9.3 2.3 0.5 5.4 55% .295 .274 1.28 4.03 4.24 105 6.21 114.0
2008 SLU A+ 1 1 5.0 0 1 0 5 2 1 1 .236 96 9.0 3.6 1.8 1.8 39% .235 .279 1.40 6.60 9.00 110 5.31 110.1
2009 CLN A 8 8 25.3 0 3 0 35 11 24 4 .256 104 12.5 3.9 1.4 8.5 51% .378 .321 1.82 5.32 5.34 98 4.16 102.3
2009 MRN Rk 1 0 0.7 0 1 0 3 1 1 0 .000 38.6 12.9 0.0 12.9 0% .600 .000 5.71 10.13 12.86 0 0.00 0.0
2010 HDS A+ 23 21 102.3 4 9 0 125 44 83 10 .270 120 11.0 3.9 0.9 7.3 48% .357 .265 1.65 4.86 6.16 105 5.96 110.6
2010 PEJ Wnt 6 6 19.3 2 1 0 31 13 14 1 .000 14.5 6.1 0.5 6.5 0% .423 .000 2.28 5.77 7.93 0 0.00 0.0
2011 SLN MLB 3 0 4.3 0 0 0 7 4 6 2 .272 92 14.5 8.3 4.2 12.5 47% .385 .441 2.54 8.99 12.46 85 2.83 65.9
2011 PMB A+ 5 5 29.0 1 1 0 20 10 33 2 .249 89 6.2 3.1 0.6 10.2 39% .250 .216 1.03 3.23 2.48 85 2.60 88.6
2011 SFD AA 7 6 34.3 2 2 0 40 12 36 2 .257 107 10.5 3.1 0.5 9.4 51% .384 .273 1.51 3.52 3.93 77 2.43 80.6
2011 MEM AAA 13 13 71.3 5 3 0 57 43 66 6 .259 101 7.2 5.4 0.8 8.3 45% .264 .248 1.40 4.95 4.29 92 5.11 105.1
2011 LIC Wnt 7 0 11.0 1 0 0 6 7 3 0 .000 4.9 5.7 0.0 2.5 0% .171 .000 1.18 4.43 0.82 0 0.00 0.0
2012 SLN MLB 9 0 9.0 0 0 0 13 2 15 4 .249 97 13.0 2.0 4.0 15.0 30% .474 .390 1.67 6.57 7.00 67 2.31 52.9
2012 MEM AAA 45 0 53.7 3 2 2 51 22 66 4 .268 94 8.6 3.7 0.7 11.1 49% .346 .258 1.36 3.62 5.37 79 2.75 86.5
2012 LIC Wnt 8 0 8.0 1 2 1 4 5 5 0 .000 4.5 5.6 0.0 5.6 0% .148 .000 1.12 3.76 1.12 0 0.00 0.0
2013 SLN MLB 1 0 2.3 0 0 0 5 1 5 1 .254 101 19.3 3.9 3.9 19.3 14% .667 .421 2.57 8.16 19.29 64 5.14 123.0
2013 MEM AAA 16 9 53.3 2 3 0 49 53 53 4 .263 89 8.3 8.9 0.7 8.9 40% .306 .296 1.91 5.70 6.92 123 9.13 133.1
2013 OMA AAA 19 1 38.0 1 2 1 35 21 36 1 .266 94 8.3 5.0 0.2 8.5 50% .315 .263 1.47 3.75 3.55 124 7.77 125.6
2014 CHA MLB 28 0 29.3 0 1 0 24 23 32 3 .259 104 7.4 7.1 0.9 9.8 44% .273 .289 1.60 4.96 4.60 103 4.85 119.1
2014 CHR AAA 22 0 35.0 3 0 3 37 15 50 7 .252 114 9.5 3.9 1.8 12.9 30% .375 .254 1.49 4.37 5.91 79 2.47 85.4
2015 CHR AAA 31 0 51.0 3 2 5 31 24 61 6 .251 111 5.5 4.2 1.1 10.8 39% .219 .214 1.08 3.87 3.00 88 3.98 101.7
2016 GWN AAA 20 0 21.0 2 0 4 20 13 31 3 .246 8.6 5.6 1.3 13.3 44% .362 .280 1.57 3.93 2.14 88 3.04 93.9
2016 VAQ AAA 14 0 14.0 0 1 0 9 2 16 1 .000 5.8 1.3 0.6 10.3 0% .235 .000 0.79 2.71 1.29 0 0.00 0.0
2017 VAQ AAA 19 0 19.7 1 2 4 11 10 18 0 .000 5.0 4.6 0.0 8.2 0% .211 .000 1.07 3.36 3.20 0 0.00 0.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2011 103 0.3107 0.4078 0.6667 0.6250 0.3099 0.8500 0.5000 0.3333
2012 172 0.4477 0.4302 0.7297 0.5844 0.3053 0.8667 0.5172 0.2703
2013 59 0.2542 0.4068 0.5833 0.6000 0.3409 1.0000 0.3333 0.4167
2014 556 0.4874 0.4191 0.7039 0.6015 0.2456 0.8160 0.4429 0.2961
Career8900.44380.41910.69660.60080.27090.84190.45660.3034

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2010-04-16 2010-05-14 Minors 28 0 Right Shoulder Not Disclosed -
2009-07-07 2009-08-14 Minors 38 0 Back Not Disclosed -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2017 CHN $
2016 ATL $
2015 CHA $
2014 CHA $501,000
2013 SLN $
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$501,000
2 yrTotal$501,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 169 d1 year (2017)

Details
  • 1 year (2017). Signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 12/9/16 (minor-league contract). Released by Chicago Cubs 3/13/17.
  • 1 year (2016). Re-signed by Chicago White Sox 1/28/16 (minor-league contract). Released by Chicago White Sox 3/31/16. Signed by Atlanta as a free agent 7/2/16 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$0.512M (2015). Re-signed by Chicago White Sox 3/3/15. Sent outright to Triple-A by Chicago White Sox 4/3/15.
  • 1 year/$0.501M (2014). Claimed by Chicago White Sox off waivers 2/26/14 after being DFA by Kansas City 2/17/14. Signed by Chicago White Sox 3/1/14. DFA by Chicago White Sox 5/10/14. Sent outright to Triple-A 5/12/14. Contract selected by Chicago White Sox 8/4/14.
  • 1 year (2013). Re-signed by St. Louis 3/13. Claimed by Kansas City off waivers from St. Louis 6/23/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Re-signed by St. Louis 2/29/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Contract purchased by Seattle 11/19/10. Acquired by St. Louis in trade from Seattle 12/12/10. Signed by St. Louis 2/11.
  • Acquired by Seattle in trade from NY Mets 12/28/09 (J.J. Putz deal).
  • Signed 2006 as an amateur free agent from the Dominican Republic.

2017 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 2.4 1.1 1.4 30 2 50.9 35 21 53 5 .238 1.09 3.07 3.32 8.3 0.9
80o 2.1 1 1.2 27 2 45.1 34 20 47 5 .252 1.18 3.45 3.75 5.3 0.6
70o 1.9 0.9 1 24 2 41.0 32 19 42 5 .262 1.24 3.74 4.06 3.6 0.4
60o 1.7 0.8 0.9 22 2 37.6 31 18 39 4 .271 1.30 3.99 4.33 2.2 0.2
50o 1.5 0.8 0.8 21 1 34.5 30 17 36 4 .279 1.36 4.22 4.59 1.1 0.1
40o 1.4 0.7 0.7 19 1 31.5 28 16 33 4 .287 1.41 4.46 4.86 0.1 0.0
30o 1.2 0.6 0.6 17 1 28.3 26 15 29 4 .296 1.48 4.72 5.14 -0.7 -0.1
20o 1 0.5 0.5 15 1 24.7 24 14 26 3 .306 1.55 5.03 5.49 -1.5 -0.2
10o 0.8 0.4 0.4 12 1 19.9 21 12 21 3 .321 1.66 5.46 5.97 -2.2 -0.2
Weighted Mean1.50.70.820133.92917354.2771.344.194.561.20.1

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2017 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20182921135260473675837.3031.384.284.947.05.411.21.20.2
20193021133257463172837.3131.364.304.967.34.911.41.30.2
20203121127247342959637.2921.354.234.886.65.611.41.20.2
2021323224838259521011037.2881.354.425.106.55.711.11.10.1

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 84)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 92 Brandon Gomes 2013 6.98
2 92 Xavier Cedeno 2015 2.54
3 91 Lester Oliveros 2016 0.00 DNP
4 90 Jeff Beliveau 2015 16.88
5 89 Kam Mickolio 2012 0.00 DNP
6 89 Scott Maine 2013 0.00 DNP
7 88 Chris Leroux 2012 7.15
8 88 Mike Zagurski 2011 5.40
9 88 Will Harris 2013 2.91
10 88 Jess Todd 2014 0.00 DNP
11 87 Dan Runzler 2013 0.00 DNP
12 87 Chris Resop 2011 4.39
13 87 Leonel Campos 2016 5.85
14 87 Kevin Chapman 2016 5.06
15 87 Josh Lueke 2013 5.06
16 87 Nick Hagadone 2014 2.70
17 87 Greg Burke 2011 0.00 DNP
18 87 Aaron Poreda 2015 0.00 DNP
19 86 Mitch Stetter 2009 3.80
20 86 Mike McClendon 2013 0.00 DNP
21 86 Christian Garcia 2014 0.00 DNP
22 86 C.C. Lee 2015 5.40
23 86 Bryan Morris 2015 3.71
24 86 Sam Demel 2014 0.00 DNP
25 85 Jay Buente 2012 0.00 DNP
26 84 Jared Hughes 2014 2.94
27 84 Anthony Varvaro 2013 3.07
28 84 Josh Fields 2014 4.77
29 84 Carlos Fisher 2011 5.62
30 84 Spencer Patton 2016 6.75
31 84 Kirby Yates 2015 7.52
32 84 Royce Ring 2009 0.00 DNP
33 84 Cesar Jimenez 2013 3.71
34 83 Matt Daley 2010 4.24
35 83 Grant Dayton 2016 2.19
36 83 Cory Gearrin 2014 0.00 DNP
37 83 Alex Hinshaw 2011 0.00 DNP
38 83 Brandon Kintzler 2013 3.04
39 83 Adam Liberatore 2015 4.85
40 83 Josh Roenicke 2011 3.78
41 83 Evan Reed 2014 5.29
42 83 Kevin Cameron 2008 8.10
43 83 Jose De La Torre 2014 0.00 DNP
44 83 Miguel Socolovich 2015 2.12
45 83 Dan Jennings 2015 4.47
46 83 Brad Kilby 2011 0.00 DNP
47 83 Josh Zeid 2015 0.00 DNP
48 82 Jon Edwards 2016 0.00 DNP
49 82 Jeff Gray 2010 8.68
50 82 Gonzalez Germen 2016 5.53
51 82 Donovan Hand 2014 0.00 DNP
52 82 John Axford 2011 2.32
53 82 Chaz Roe 2015 4.14
54 82 Javy Guerra 2014 2.91
55 82 Sandy Rosario 2014 0.00 DNP
56 82 Josh Kinney 2007 0.00 DNP
57 82 Jose Veras 2009 5.90
58 82 Zach Putnam 2016 2.30
59 82 Kazuhito Tadano 2008 0.00 DNP
60 82 Craig Breslow 2009 4.00
61 82 Brad Brach 2014 3.47
62 82 Jeff Bajenaru 2006 36.00
63 82 Mickey Storey 2014 0.00 DNP
64 81 Armando Rivero 2016 0.00 DNP
65 81 Clay Rapada 2009 5.40
66 81 Ian Thomas 2015 4.24
67 81 Steven Jackson 2010 8.74
68 81 Marcus McBeth 2009 0.00 DNP
69 81 Tony Watson 2013 2.39
70 81 Cody Eppley 2014 0.00 DNP
71 81 David Carpenter 2016 0.00 DNP
72 81 Marcos Mateo 2012 0.00 DNP
73 81 Adam Russell 2011 3.58
74 81 Brian Wolfe 2009 8.80
75 81 Jake Petricka 2016 5.62
76 81 Pedro Strop 2013 4.71
77 81 Jon Link 2012 0.00 DNP
78 81 Evan Scribner 2014 4.63
79 81 Jon Huber 2010 0.00 DNP
80 81 Taylor Thompson 2015 0.00 DNP
81 81 Robert Hinton 2013 0.00 DNP
82 81 Tim Wood 2011 5.62
83 80 Mark Melancon 2013 1.90
84 80 Blake Treinen 2016 2.51
85 80 Anthony Slama 2012 0.00 DNP
86 80 Joe Paterson 2014 33.75
87 80 Evan Meek 2011 4.79
88 80 Brad Salmon 2008 0.00 DNP
89 80 David Johnson 2011 0.00 DNP
90 80 Donnie Veal 2013 4.91
91 80 Ryan Kelly 2016 0.00 DNP
92 80 Josh Wall 2015 0.00 DNP
93 80 Dennis Sarfate 2009 5.87
94 80 John Gaub 2013 0.00 DNP
95 80 Jeremy Horst 2014 0.00 DNP
96 80 Neil Wagner 2012 0.00 DNP
97 80 John Holdzkom 2016 0.00 DNP
98 80 Darin Downs 2013 5.35
99 80 Ryan Speier 2008 3.88
100 80 Cody Hall 2016 12.00

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2015 Maikel Cleto still throws really hard and is somehow just 25, but in the time it takes you to finish reading this sentence he'll have walked six people.
2014 Nabbed off the waiver wire from the Cardinals, Cleto brings the heat but lacks the ability to locate. He was walking more than 20 percent of all batters in Triple-A Memphis when St. Louis showed him the door. But when you work in the upper 90s and have a slider with some bite, there’s always another organization who thinks it can teach you command. He settled down a bit in Omaha, walking just over 12 percent of all batters. With two good pitches, he will always be in the mix for a back-of-the-bullpen job, but until he can gain a better semblance of command, he’s simply the reliever who gives managers ulcers.
2013 Longer on stuff than production, Cleto has a fastball that can hit triple digits but he hasn’t yet figured out what to do with it. His command has improved from “woeful” to “spotty with a chance of meatballs,” as he has cut into his walk rate but still gets taken deep way too frequently. Nevertheless, pitchers with his heat and strikeout rate always have a chance, and if Cleto can polish his game in the upper minors and develop a better feel for his slider, he’ll be a useful hand in the St. Louis pen.
2012 A product of the Mets system who came to St. Louis from Seattle in the Brendan Ryan trade, Cleto made a brief major-league debut in June, flashing an electric fastball and shaky command. The Dominican held opposing hitters to a .218 batting average in 13 starts at Memphis, but issued more than five walks per nine innings. His control and command of his secondary stuff will have to improve before he gets another call to the majors.
2011 Maikel Cleto is living proof that it’s possible to earn a 40-man roster spot with a six-plus ERA, especially if you spend the season at High Desert and flash a blazing—albeit straight—fastball. However, the Dominican righty has little to offset his heater, and would be better-suited for bullpen work in St. Louis, where he'll continue his career after being swapped for Brendan Ryan in December.

BP Articles

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  Title Author Date
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: Matt Harvey's 'Weird' ReturnDaniel Rathman2015-04-15
This article requires BP Premium accessPitching Backward: Perfect Hindsight and Bullpen MismanagementJeff Long2014-11-07
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: August 6, 2014Daniel Rathman2014-08-06
Working the Count: The Swing SpeedometerNoah Woodward2014-06-13
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Orioles Sign Flimsy JohanR.J. Anderson2014-03-05
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Marmol Gets a Free PassR.J. Anderson2013-06-28
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: June 24, 2013Clint Chisam2013-06-24
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: June 7, 2013Clint Chisam2013-06-07
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: June 6, 2013Clint Chisam2013-06-06
This article requires BP Premium accessProspects Will Break Your Heart: St. Louis Cardinals Top 10 ProspectsJason Parks2013-02-01
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: 25-Man Roster of Top Prospects Playing in the Dominican Winter LeagueJason Martinez2012-11-27
The Process: When Will We Know Who Won the 10-Player Trade?Bradley Ankrom2012-07-26
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: The Orioles Lose Their AceR.J. Anderson2012-07-17
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: NL Central Prospect PreviewKevin Goldstein2012-04-02
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Cardinals Top 11 ProspectsKevin Goldstein2012-02-10
Painting the Black: Mid-season Heroes and Goats, Part 1R.J. Anderson2011-07-12
This article requires BP Premium accessProspects Will Break Your Heart: Positional Primacy: RelieversJason Parks2011-06-14
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of June 8Kevin Goldstein2011-06-09
Transaction Analysis Blog: The Catch-Up EditionR.J. Anderson2011-06-09
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: The DL Giveth, and the DL Taketh AwayBen Lindbergh2011-06-07
Transaction Analysis Blog: Cards Call on Lynn, CletoR.J. Anderson2011-06-03
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of April 28Kevin Goldstein2011-04-29
Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of April 21Kevin Goldstein2011-04-22
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: St. Louis Cardinals Top 11 ProspectsKevin Goldstein2011-01-21
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: NL Central RoundupChristina Kahrl2011-01-12
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: The Short StackChristina Kahrl2010-12-29
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Perspective: Shorting Short?Christina Kahrl2010-12-17
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Catcher, Second Base, and ShortstopMichael Jong2010-12-14
Transaction Analysis: Western Divisions BackfillChristina Kahrl2010-11-20
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Seattle Mariners Top 11 ProspectsKevin Goldstein2010-11-10
Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of October 26Kevin Goldstein2010-10-27
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Top 11 Review: AL WestKevin Goldstein2010-10-01


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-07-03 19:00:00 (link to chat)Is there any reason to think that Javy Guerra will get save chances in the mess, that is the White Sox bullpen?
(Chuck Knoblauch from 1B line seats )
Maaaaaaaan, I didn't think Maikel Cleto would be a thing in that bullpen but he was, briefly. If Putnam implodes Robin might ball up and cry himself to sleep over the 9th, and then start giving the ball to Javy. (Mauricio Rubio)
2011-05-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Maikel Cleto and his callup to AA?
(Johnson from DeKalb)
Love the fastball, but think the whole package would work better in relief. (Kevin Goldstein)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Maikel Cleto has thrown 1,031 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2010 and 2017, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, Spring Training and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2017, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (95mph) and Change (82mph).