Steve Clevenger

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Steve Clevenger
Steve Clevenger on April 12, 2014.jpg
Clevenger with the Baltimore Orioles
Baltimore Orioles – No. 45
Born: (1986-04-05) April 5, 1986 (age 29)
Baltimore, Maryland
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 26, 2011 for the Chicago Cubs
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Batting average .210
Home runs 1
Runs batted in 26

Steven Scott Clevenger (born April 5, 1986) is an American professional baseball catcher for the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Chicago Cubs.

Early life[edit]

Clevenger, who was raised in Glen Burnie, Maryland, attended Overlook Elementary and graduated from Mount Saint Joseph High School in 2004. He was the starting shortstop on the school's varsity baseball team which won the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) A conference championship in his senior year.[1][2]

He hit .347 as a first-team All-Southland Conference shortstop in his only year at Southeastern Louisiana University in 2005.[3] After transferring to Chipola College, he led the Indians with a .395 batting average and 77 hits.[4][5]

Professional career[edit]

Draft and minor leagues[edit]

He was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the seventh round (209th overall) of the 2006 MLB Draft.[6] After signing with the Cubs on June 14,[7] he began his professional career as the starting second baseman with the Boise Hawks. He started making the transition to catcher the following season after Hawks manager Steve McFarland convinced him that a left-handed batter at the position had a better chance of a faster promotion to the majors.[1]

During the 2011 season Clevenger played for the Tennessee Smokies where he batted .295 and hit 5 home runs. He also played for the Iowa Cubs where in 86 at bats he batted .407 and hit 3 home runs.[8]

Chicago Cubs (2011–13)[edit]

Clevenger during his tenure with the Chicago Cubs in 2012

Clevenger was called up to the Cubs from the expanded 40-man roster.[9] He made his major league debut September 26, 2011, however he only played in two games during the 2011 season.

Clevenger made the opening day roster during the 2012 season. However, on April 28, Clevenger was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique.[10] Clevenger finished the 2012 season with a .201 batting average, one home run, and 16 RBIs.[11]

Baltimore Orioles (2013–present)[edit]

On July 2, 2013, Clevenger was traded to the Baltimore Orioles with Scott Feldman for pitchers Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop.[12][13] He was optioned to the Triple-A Norfolk Tides after the trade. He was recalled on September 1, but did not play for the Orioles until September 13 against the Toronto Blue Jays.[14]

He batted .225/.289/.337 for the 2014 season. Showalter was dissatisfied with Clevenger's defense (he caught 3 of 20 attempted base-stealers), and the team had problems with his conditioning.[13] Clevenger as of December 2014 had one minor league option remaining.[13]

Clevenger was reportedly expected to be optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on April 7, 2015.[15] The Orioles were said to be exploring trade possibilities involving Clevenger.[15][15]


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