|Wichita Wingnuts – No. 22|
October 27, 1983 |
|July 30, 2006, for the Detroit Tigers|
|Runs batted in||7|
Brent Aaron Clevlen (born October 27, 1983, in Austin, Texas) is an American professional baseball outfielder who has played parts of four major leagues seasons with the Detroit Tigers and Atlanta Braves and is now playing for the Wichita Wingnuts of the American Association. The LMB is one of the three AAA leagues that plays under the Minor League Baseball affiliation. In his first season (2015) in Mexico's top league he was named to the starting All-Star team for the South and won the Home Run Derby Championship at the All-Star Game defeating 7 others including former MLB American League MVP Miguel Tejada.
Clevlen was a 2nd-round pick by the Detroit Tigers in the 2002 first-year player draft. He made his Major League debut on July 30, 2006, in a 6–4 loss to the Minnesota Twins. He started at center field in his first game. His first catch in the field was intended to be a sacrifice fly by Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer, but ended up being an inning-ending double play, as Clevlen threw out Luis Castillo at home plate. In his first MLB at bat, he doubled off Twins ace Johan Santana.
On August 1, 2006, in his second Major League game, Clevlen hit his first major league home run against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 5th inning off pitcher Travis Harper. He later added another home run in the 9th inning off pitcher Ruddy Lugo going 3-for-5 for the night, with 3 runs scored and 2 RBI.
Clevlen was optioned down to the Tiger's AAA-affiliate Toledo Mud Hens later in the 2006 season as Alexis Gómez emerged as a valuable bench player. Tigers manager Jim Leyland has stated that Clevlen would benefit from playing every day in Toledo, and remains second in the team's depth chart for center field. Following the season, Clevlen was named the third-best prospect and rated as possessing the best outfield arm in the Tigers' organization by Baseball America.
In 2007, Brent was called up when the Detroit Tigers expanded their rosters.
Clevlen was to start the season with the independent Wichita Wingnuts of the American Association, but was purchased by the Cincinnati Reds on May 9, 2011. He was returned to Wichita after playing in 26 games for Triple-A Louisville. After playing in 46 games for Wichita, Clevlen was purchased by the Philadelphia Phillies and was assigned to Double-A Reading. In all of 2011 (104 games), Clevlen hit .303 with 19 HR and 62 RBI.
On April 19, 2012, Clevlen signed a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and was assigned to Double-A Mobile. He also spent time at Triple-A Reno. He also began 2013 in the Diamondbacks organization, splitting time with Mobile and Reno before being released. Over those 2 seasons (152 games), Clevlen hit .265 with 19 HR and 77 RBI in 523 PA.
On June 17, 2013 Clevlen returned to Wichita. He continued to play with Wichita in 2014 and became the American Association MVP with a slash line of .372/.447/.647  and signed with the Puebla Pericos of LIga Mexicano de Beisbol for the 2015 season.
On February 25, 2016, Clevlen signed with the Wichita Wingnuts of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball.
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