Coming into the 2016 season, the assumption was that Mike Clevinger – one of the top pitching prospects for the Cleveland Indians – wasn’t far from making his major league debut. Despite the fact the Tribe boasted one of the league’s top rotations, Clevinger had been performing well in the team’s farm system. A midseason injury or double-header likely would’ve opened the door for his first start with Cleveland.
May 18 might have been earlier than people would’ve predicted when it came to Clevinger’s Indians debut. However, an injury to Carlos Carrasco and the struggles of Cody Anderson forced the front office’s hand. Clevinger was called up for a game against the Cincinnati Reds, and has since logged two additional starts for the team.
After three games played, it’s clear Clevinger needs a little more seasoning. He’s had his moments here and there, but unfortunately he just doesn’t look ready to be a full-time starter for Cleveland yet.