2015 Draft Profile: Garrett Cleavinger

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

Risk:  Moderate

Grade: Late First/Early Second Round



Photo Courtesy of Ross William Hamilton/The Oregonian via oregonlive.com.


After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.