School: Oregon; Class: Junior
Position: LHP; B/T: L/L
Height: 6-0; Weight: 220
Previously Drafted: N/A
Background: After pitching in the shadows of 2014 fifth round pick Jake Reed, Cleavinger has become a shutdown closer for the Ducks this season. Cleavinger, a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American and a NCBWA Second-Team Freshman All-American, has fanned an incredible 63 batters in just 36.0 innings this season. For his career, Cleavinger has posted a 169-to-57 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 112 innings.
The 6-foot, 220-pound lefty has also appeared in the Cape Cod League on back-to-back summers, tallying a staggering 51-to-13 strikeout-to-walk ratio in just 25.1 innings of work.
Projection: As ridiculously dominant as he’s been in his career – he’s averaged 14.42 punch outs since he left high school – one has to wonder how he’d perform in the rotation. The Cincinnati Reds have transitioned several former collegiate hurlers – Tony Cingrani, Nick Howard, and Michael Lorenzen – so Cleavinger could be on the franchise’s radar.
Cleavinger owns a high floor – he’s a potentially fast-moving backend reliever – with a potentially high ceiling as a starter.
Ceiling: 3.0-win player
Floor: 1.0- to 1.5-win player
Grade: Late First/Early Second Round
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