Scottsdale, Arizona —— Originally drafted by the Baltimore Orioles out of the University of Oregon in 2015, Garrett Cleavinger was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies as part of the Jeremy Hellickson deal in July, 2017. The left-handed pitching prospect spent the entire summer in Double-A split between the two clubs (in Bowie with Baltimore, and then Reading with Philadelphia), and while he had a tough year statistically, there’s still a lot to like about Cleavinger as a future relief option. In 38 games pitched (all relief) across 2017, the lefty threw 54.0 innings and allowed 57 hits and 32 walks against 59 strikeouts, finishing 2-5 with a 6.00 ERA and four saves.
Now out at the Arizona Fall League so the Philadelphia Phillies can get a longer look at him heading into spring training, Garrett Cleavinger has appeared in six games entering play on Thursday, and allowed five earned runs in 5.1 innings on eight hits, no walks, and four strikeouts. (It should be noted that all five earned runs came in one outing that lasted one-third of an inning, and Cleavinger’s five other outings have each been scoreless innings.) We’ve seen Garrett Cleavinger throw three times so far in Arizona Fall League play for the Glendale Desert Dogs, and you can see two of those outings (both against the Scottsdale Scorpions, ironically) on video here:
Please don’t forget to subscribe to the Baseball Census YouTube channel for thousands more baseball prospect videos just like this one. Below, you’ll find full game notes on Garrett Cleavinger after we’ve now seen three of his outings — and captured video on two — from out at the Arizona Fall League in October.
Garrett Cleavinger, LHP, Philadelphia Phillies — Game Notes
Dates: October 14; October 18; October 30
Games: Glendale Desert Dogs (2); Arizona Fall League