Clevenger with the Baltimore Orioles
Baltimore Orioles – No. 45
April 5, 1986 |
|September 26, 2011 for the Chicago Cubs|
(through 2014 season)
|Runs batted in||26|
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.
He hit .347 as a first-team All-Southland Conference shortstop in his only year at Southeastern Louisiana University in 2005. After transferring to Chipola College, he led the Indians with a .395 batting average and 77 hits.
Draft and minor leagues
He was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the seventh round (209th overall) of the 2006 MLB Draft. After signing with the Cubs on June 14, 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.
Chicago Cubs (2011–13)
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. Clevenger finished the 2012 season with a .201 batting average, one home run, and 16 RBIs.
Baltimore Orioles (2013–present)
On July 2, 2013, Clevenger was traded to the Baltimore Orioles with Scott Feldman for pitchers Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop. 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.
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. Clevenger as of December 2014 had one minor league option remaining.
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