It is not at all a stretch to say that Mike Clevinger of the Cleveland Indians has been one of the more underrated pitchers in baseball. The casual fan might not even be fully aware of who he is and that is understandable. In a similar fashion to the way Bryce Harper overshadowed Anthony Rendon on the Nationals for many seasons, Clevinger was overshadowed by his excellent rotation counterparts in Cleveland.
Still, Clevinger is an excellent starting pitcher in his own right and honestly might be the best pitcher out of the group of Corey Kluber (who again is being linked to the Dodgers in rumors), Carlos Carrasco, Shane Bieber, and formerly Trevor Bauer.
By the Numbers
By taking one look at Mike Clevinger’s profile on Baseball Savant, you will see exactly why he is so good. He throws the ball hard (83rd percentile velocity) and limits hard contact — a fantastic recipe for an ace. In 2019, he allowed a 91st percentile exit velocity and 92nd percentile xwOBA, while supplying a 94th percentile strikeout percentage.
In 2019, Clevinger made just 21 starts, striking out 169 batters in 126…