Emmanuel Clase

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Emmanuel Clase
Texas Rangers – No. 43
Relief pitcher
Born: (1998-03-18) March 18, 1998 (age 21)
Río San Juan, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 4, 2019, for the Texas Rangers
MLB statistics
(through 2019 season)
Win–loss record2–3
Earned run average2.31
Strikeouts21
Teams

Emmanuel Clase (born March 18, 1998) is a Dominican professional baseball relief pitcher for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Career[edit]

Clase signed with the San Diego Padres as an international free agent on February 11, 2015 for a $125,000 signing bonus.[1] He played for the DSL Padres in 2015, going 2–1 with a 1.99 ERA in 54 innings. In 2016 he played for the AZL Padres, going 2–0 with a 4.01 ERA in 24.2 innings. In 2017 he played for the AZL Padres (2), going 2–4 with a 5.30 ERA in 35.2 innings, and in one game with the Tri-City Dust Devils of the Class A Short Season Northwest League, allowing 5 runs in 3.1 innings.[1]

On May 7, 2018, Clase was traded to the Texas Rangers as the PTBNL in the Brett Nicholas trade.[2]

Clase was assigned to the Spokane Indians of the Class A Short Season Northwest League, and finished the 2018 season after going 1–1 with a 0.64 ERA, 27 strikeouts, and 12 saves in ​28 13 innings.[1] Clase was assigned to the Down East Wood Ducks of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League to open the 2019 season.[3] He appeared in 6 games for them, going 2–0 with a 0.00 ERA, 1 save, and 11 strikeouts in 7 innings.[1] On April 23, he was promoted to the Frisco RoughRiders of the Double-A Texas League, and went 1–2 with a 3.35 ERA and 39 strikeouts over ​37 23 innings.[4][1]

On August 2, 2019, the Rangers selected Clase's contract and promoted him to the major leagues.[5][6] He made his major league debut on August 4, pitching ​1 23 scoreless innings.[7]

Clase produced a 2–3 record with a 2.31 ERA and 21 strikeouts over ​23 13 innings in 2019.[8] His cutter was on average the fastest in major league baseball, at 99.2 mph.[9]

Pitching style[edit]

Clase features an upper 90s/low 100s mph cut fastball and a low 90s slider.[10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Emmanuel Clase Player Page". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  2. ^ Jeff Wilson (May 24, 2018). "Emmanuel Clase Proving To Be A Savy Pickup". Baseball America. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  3. ^ Matt Present (March 27, 2019). "Wood Ducks Announce 2019 Roster". MiLB.com. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  4. ^ Saad Yousuf (May 15, 2019). "'This kid's a big leaguer': Rangers debut is brewing as Emmanuel Clase dazzles in Frisco". The Athletic. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  5. ^ RotoWire Staff (August 2, 2019). "Rangers' Emmanuel Clase: Earns promotion to big leagues". CBSSports.com. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  6. ^ Saad Yousuf (August 2, 2019). "Two days after deadline, Rangers roster undergoes shakeup with influx of young talent". The Athletic. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
  7. ^ T.R. Sullivan (August 4, 2019). "4 Rangers defy odds on mound to seal sweep". MLB.com. Retrieved August 5, 2019.
  8. ^ Ben Clemens (August 9, 2019). "Emmanuel Clase is Wondrous". FanGraphs.com. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  9. ^ "Statcast Pitch Arsenals Leaderboard | baseballsavant.com". Baseballsavant.mlb.com. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  10. ^ "Player Card: Emmanuel Clase". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
  11. ^ Evan Grant (August 10, 2019). "Emmanuel Clase's cut fastball does not compute. Rangers' catchers can only describe the pitch as a 'thing'". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved August 20, 2019.

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