Garrett Cleavinger

Position: LHRP
Level: Double-A
Affiliate: Reading Fightin' Phils
League: Eastern League
Born: 04/23/1994 (Age: 30)
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 210
B/T: Right / Left
Acquired: 3rd Rd., 2105 MLB First-Year Player Draft (BAL); Acquired in trade for J. Hellickson 7/29/17 (PHI)

Prospect Spotlight

Cleavinger, a third-round pick in 2015 of the Orioles, came to the Phillies as part of the trade for right-hander Jeremy Hellickson on July 29 of this year. He threw two innings for Reading in my August 19 look, allowing just a hit and a walk, and striking out three batters. Cleavinger is fully developed, with a strong, durable frame, and with a semi-power arm and plus arm strength. He works from the stretch, and has a long arm action with quick arm speed, while being able to generate some good angle for a pitcher his size. His fastball is above average, sitting mostly at 92 mph, but he can reach back for as much as 95 mph when it’s needed, and the pitch should settle in at plus velocity more consistently. The fastball is tough on righties, coming in with run and bore to the arm side, though the command is presently inconsistent. His curveball has solid two-plane depth and ¾’s break at 75-to-77 mph. The biggest question around Cleavinger’s profile is the command and control, where he has put up well-below-average control numbers to-date (5.7 BB/9), which is a regression from his 2016 BB/9 rate at High A Clearwater last year (4.0). That said, he will strike out his fair share of hitters as well (10.12 SO/9 this year, and 12.00 SO/9 last year at the Class A and High A levels with the O’s. The quality of his stuff gives him a realistic role of a Role 40, middle reliever capable of handling the sixth or seventh innings, assuming the command and control can be refined with more experience.