Exit Interview: Maikel Cleto

Last year, I spent the time immediately after the season examining each player that had made an appearance in St. Louis during the season.  This series was well received and so I’m bringing this idea back for the 2013 offseason.  More summaries than anything, I imagine the player coming into Mike Matheny‘s office and having a short conference before heading home for the winter.  Stats are just the ones accumulated for the Cardinals during the regular season.

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Name: Maikel Cleto

Season stats: 0-0, 19.29 ERA, 1 game, 2.1 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 5 K, 2.57 WHIP

Hero/Goat: None

Overall grade: D

Positives: Cleto showed why people have kept him around for so long in his one outing, striking out five of the seven batters he retired.  There’s no doubt he has an arm on him.

Negatives: As proven by his one outing, all he has is an arm and no idea on how to use it.  He gave up five runs in that one inning on five hits and a walk.  If people catch up with the straight fastball, he’s going to be hit and hit hard.

Outlook:  Cleto was cut during the season and went on over to Kansas City, who still has him in their minor league system.  If he ever can develop–and he’s just 24–you’d think he could become a pretty serviceable reliever.  Lots of ifs there, of course, but someone is going to keep giving him chances.

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