|Memphis P Maikel Cleto: A fresh arm |
by Brian Walton of TheCardinalNation.com, June 5, 2013 at 2:00 pm ET
Maikel Cleto Profile
With Joe Kelly scheduled to make a spot start and the bullpen exhausted from the 14-inning contest the night before, the St. Louis Cardinals recalled right-handed pitcher Maikel Cleto from Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday.
Cleto was moved from the Redbirds bullpen to the rotation at the start of May. In six starts, he went 2-1 with a 2.97 ERA over 30 1/3 innings while limiting the opposition to a .181 batting average. The 24-year-old has posted an overall season mark of 2-2, 5.67 ERA in 13 games for the Redbirds, striking out 39 batters in 39 2/3 innings pitched. However, walks continue to be a major problem, as he has issued 38.
The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder has appeared in 12 games at the major league level with St. Louis in 2011 and 2012, including nine games in relief last season. His career ERA is 8.78.
In the corresponding transaction, reliever Victor Marte was optioned to Memphis.