Mike Clevinger
Mike Clevinger
29-Year-Old PitcherSP
San Diego Padres
Day-To-Day
Injury Biceps
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Clevinger checks all the boxes of a fantasy ace. He features three plus pitches, led by a 96-mph fastball. His next best is a slider generating a 21.8% swinging strike mark followed by a change inducing swinging strikes 15.9% of the time. The only blemish is his curve with just 26th percentile spin, leading to a slightly-lower 13.9% swinging-strike rate but a hefty .405 BABIP. After a 200-inning campaign in 2018, Clevinger only threw 126 last season, with two IL stints. The first came after straining his back in his second start of the year. Clevinger spent nine weeks on the shelf before returning, only to go back for an ankle injury. After the minimum stay, Clevinger returned and never looked back. The Indians may be conservative so he may not reach the 200-inning plateau this season, but there's no reason he shouldn't come close. One last tidbit: Clevinger is 29, though he seems five years younger. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $4.1 million contract with the Indians in January of 2020. Traded to the Padres in August of 2020.
On track for Wednesday start
PSan Diego Padres
Biceps
September 20, 2020
Clevinger (biceps) is in line to rejoin the Padres' rotation for Wednesday's game against the Angels, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports.
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Clevinger was slated to start Saturday against the Mariners, but he was ultimately scratched ahead of the outing with right biceps soreness. The injury doesn't seem to be a major concern, as Clevinger is on track to throw a bullpen session Monday. If all goes well, he should be able to make a start two days later, but the Padres could monitor his workload more carefully than normal in that outing with the postseason on the horizon.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
91
Last 10 Games
91
Last 5 Games
92
How many pitches does Mike Clevinger generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Mike Clevinger generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-10%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-15%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-10%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-10%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .231 764 186 79 157 37 3 21
Since 2018vs Right .207 704 228 39 137 30 2 16
2020vs Left .253 88 22 9 20 4 0 3
2020vs Right .215 71 16 5 14 3 1 3
2019vs Left .219 266 74 28 52 15 0 5
2019vs Right .198 233 95 9 44 9 1 5
2018vs Left .234 410 90 42 85 18 3 13
2018vs Right .211 400 117 25 79 18 0 8
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-21%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-56%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-50%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-9%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 2.60 1.10 197.1 15 4 0 10.6 2.6 0.9
Since 2018Away 3.30 1.15 169.1 14 10 0 9.7 3.2 0.9
2020Home 2.35 0.95 30.2 3 0 0 9.1 2.3 1.2
2020Away 5.40 1.90 10.0 0 2 0 6.3 5.4 1.8
2019Home 1.78 1.09 60.2 5 1 0 12.9 3.1 0.6
2019Away 3.58 1.03 65.1 8 3 0 11.3 2.2 0.8
2018Home 3.14 1.16 106.0 7 3 0 9.7 2.5 1.0
2018Away 2.87 1.15 94.0 6 5 0 8.9 3.6 0.9
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Stat Review
How does Mike Clevinger compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.71
 
K/9
8.4
 
BB/9
3.1
 
HR/9
1.3
 
Fastball
95.2 mph
 
ERA
3.10
 
WHIP
1.18
 
BABIP
.267
 
GB/FB
0.92
 
Left On Base
85.9%
 
Exit Velocity
82.4 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.3%
 
Spin Rate
2326 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
22.5%
 
Swinging Strike
13.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Clevinger avoided the sophomore slump in 2018 by not being a sophomore. He quietly exceeded his rookie eligibility in 2016. Last season was a nice step forward for Clevinger as he showed more command of his pitches than he had the previous two seasons and got to the 200-inning mark in just his third season in the majors. Although advanced pitch metrics show that all four of Clevinger's pitchers were better than average, he does struggle more against lefties who had 13 of the 21 homers against him last year and slugged 84 points better against than their right-handed teammates. Clevinger had a 31% increase in his workload from 2017 to 2018 (when including postseason work), but at age 28, that should not be as much of an issue as it is for other younger pitchers. Back-to-back seasons of stranding 80% of his runners is fortune rarely enjoyed by a starter, so factor in some ERA regression this season and you'll be fine.
Clevinger would be a first rounder if hair were a scoring category as he has a magical mane. What he does not have is consistent command as it comes and goes from game to game. There were times in 2017 when he looked dominating in outings and there were times he could not complete five innings due to high pitch counts and an inability to find the strike zone (4.4 BB/9). Clevinger has his flaws, but it is tough to overlook his potential as he strikes out 10 per nine innings and holds batters to a low batting average (.210), thus largely offsetting the free passes he is fond of handing out. His ERA was lower than it should have been as he stranded 79.7 percent of his runners, which is tough for a starting pitcher to do. He should be in the Cleveland rotation in 2018, so bank on wins, strikeouts and some WHIP help while keeping your fingers crossed that the ERA does not get too close to 4.00.
Clevinger looks like a Jacob deGrom starter kit, though he didn't quite pitch like one in a 53-inning debut sample. He has the 93-95 mph heater and three secondary pitches, but he leans on the slider and changeup while the curveball is more of a show-me pitch. The right-hander struggled a bit the third time through the lineup like most young arms. He also started slow so he really only found success in the third and fourth innings of his starts. He was also solid in 12 innings of relief. He needs to figure out righties again if he's going to find success similar to his minor league track record (3.41 ERA, 2.8 K/BB). Homers were his undoing, almost exclusively because of a lack of fastball command. He yielded too many walks with it to righties and lefties, but righties had a 600-point better OPS with five homers in 75 plate appearances. In summation: Clevinger has some common young-arm issues, but enough raw stuff to stay firmly on the radar.
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Late scratch Saturday
PSan Diego Padres
Biceps
September 19, 2020
Clevinger was scratched from Saturday's scheduled start against the Mariners with biceps tightness, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports.
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Shuts out Giants in Game 1
PSan Diego Padres
September 13, 2020
Clevinger (3-2) tossed seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out seven in Sunday's win over the Giants in Game 1 of their doubleheader.
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Starting matinee Sunday
PSan Diego Padres
September 13, 2020
Clevinger will start Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Giants.
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Picks up first win with new team
PSan Diego Padres
September 9, 2020
Clevinger (2-2) gave up four earned runs on five hits and one walk while striking out eight in five innings Tuesday against the Rockies. He picked up the win.
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Takes tough loss in Padres debut
PSan Diego Padres
September 3, 2020
Clevinger (0-1) took the loss against the Angels on Thursday, allowing two runs on seven hits and one walk in six innings while striking out two.
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