Mike Clevinger poses for a portrait during Cleveland Indians media working day in Goodyear, Arizona. (Picture by Rob Tringali/Getty Illustrations or photos)
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Coming off a season that noticed him complete as just one of only four American League pitchers to document at least 200 strikeouts and pitch 200 innings, Cleveland Indians starter Mike Clevinger is poised to join a course of elite pitchers in 2019.
Clevinger went 13-8 with a 3.02 Period, hanging out 207 batters in 200 innings very last yr. He made his initial vocation playoff start off in Activity 3 of the AL Division Collection from Houston, pitching five innings and allowing for just just one operate.
MLB Network ranks the 28-yr-outdated righty-hander No. 82 among its Prime 100 players in the activity suitable now. He’s just one place driving very last year’s AL Rookie of the Calendar year, Shohei Ohtani, and he’s 17 places ahead of San Francisco’s Madison Bumgarner and Planet Collection hero David Price tag of Boston (Nos. 99 and 100 respectively).
“Sunshine” as the Indians’ social media accounts have taken to calling him, in reference to his extensive, flowing locks of hair, has generally marched to the defeat of his have drum. In the past, he’s clashed with the league’s uniform police in excess of his colorful cleats and clashed with opposing professionals in excess of his colorful glove. But along the way, he’s designed into a reliable workhorse, whose mastery of off velocity pitches has made his fastball additional dominant.
A mechanical tweak midway by means of very last season took things to the up coming level for Clevinger, and he’s looking to ride that wave of good results into 2019. The Jacksonville, Fla. indigenous sat down during spring training this 7 days to remedy a handful of questions about his offseason, expectations for the Tribe’s starting off rotation and the different personalities in the clubhouse.
Beneath are his responses.