Alex Claudio

Alexander Claudio (born January 31, 1992) is a Puerto Rican professional baseball pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers organization. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Texas Rangers, Brewers, Los Angeles Angels and New York Mets. Claudio pitches in an unorthodox sidearm manner.

Alex Claudio
Claudio with the Texas Rangers in 2014
Milwaukee Brewers – No. 58
Pitcher
Born: (1992-01-31) January 31, 1992
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
MLB debut
August 13, 2014, for the Texas Rangers
MLB statistics
(through 2022 season)
Win–loss record16–10
Earned run average3.60
Strikeouts249
Teams
Medals
Men's baseball
Representing  Puerto Rico
World Baseball Classic
2017 Los AngelesNational team

Career

Texas Rangers

Claudio attended Isabel Flores High School in Juncos, Puerto Rico. Claudio was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 27th round of the 2010 MLB draft.[1]

Claudio spent his first professional season of 2010 playing for the AZL Rangers of the Rookie-level Arizona League, going 0–1 with a 6.60 ERA in 15 innings.[2] He split the 2011 season Between the AZL Rangers and the Spokane Indians of the Class A Short Season Northwest League, going a combined 5–0 with a 1.91 ERA over 28 innings. He returned to the AZL Rangers in 2012, going 4–0 with a 1.79 ERA over 45 innings.[2] Following the 2012 season, Claudio converted from a traditional over the top pitching delivery to a sidearm delivery.[1]

Claudio played for the Hickory Crawdads of the Class A South Atlantic League and the Frisco RoughRiders of the Double-A Texas League in 2013, going a combined 4–6 with a 1.83 ERA over 78+23 innings.[2] He split the 2014 minor league season between the Myrtle Beach Pelicans of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League, Frisco, and the Round Rock Express of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, combining to go 6–3 with a 1.66 ERA over 91+13 innings.[2]

The Rangers selected Claudio's contract and promoted him to the major leagues for the first time on August 13, 2014. He pitched a scoreless inning, and struck out Kevin Kiermaier for his first major league strikeout in his debut that night.[3] He went 0–0 with a 2.92 ERA over 12 innings for Texas in 2014.[2]

Claudio split the 2015 season between Texas and Round Rock.[2] With the Rangers, he went 1–1 with a 2.87 ERA over 15.2 innings. With Round Rock, he went 3–1 with a 2.93 ERA over 40 innings. Claudio once again split the season between Texas and Round Rock in 2016. With the Rangers, he went 4–1 with a 2.79 ERA in 51+23 innings. With Round Rock, he went 0–0 with a 0.55 ERA in 16 innings.[2]

Claudio was named the 2017 Texas Rangers Pitcher of the Year, following a season where he posted a 4–1 record with a 2.50 ERA, 56 strikeouts, and 11 saves over 82+23 innings in 70 games.[4][5]

In 2018, Claudio went 4–2 with a 4.48 ERA over 68 innings.[6] Right-handed batters had a higher batting average against him, .359, than against all other MLB pitchers in 30 or more innings.[7]

Milwaukee Brewers

Claudio was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers on December 13, 2018, in exchange for a competitive balance Round A draft pick.[8][9] In 2019, he posted a 2–2 record with a 4.06 ERA over 62 innings. He led all major league pitchers in games played (83).[10] Claudio was non-tendered and became a free agent on December 2, 2019.[11] He re-signed with Milwaukee on a one-year contract on December 9, 2019.[12] Claudio made 20 appearances for the Brewers in 2020, recording a 4.26 ERA with 15 strikeouts and 6 walks in 19.0 innings of work.[13] On December 2, 2020, Claudio was non-tendered by the Brewers and became a free agent.[14]

Los Angeles Angels

On December 16, 2020, Claudio signed a one-year, $1.125 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels.[15] On July 25, 2021, Claudio was designated for assignment by the Angels after struggling to a 5.51 ERA across 41 appearances.[16] He was released on July 30, 2021.

Boston Red Sox

On August 10, 2021, Claudio signed minor league deal with the Boston Red Sox. He was assigned to the Triple-A Worcester Red Sox.[17] Claudio made 8 appearances for Worcester, recording a 6.17 ERA with 13 strikeouts. On September 21, the Red Sox released Claudio.[18]

New York Mets

On January 13, 2022, Claudio signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets.[19] He had his contract selected on September 7, 2022. On September 30, Claudio was designated for assignment.

Milwaukee Brewers (second stint)

On January 3, 2023, Claudio signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers organization.[20]

International career

Claudio was a member of the 2017 Puerto Rico national baseball team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.[21][22]

See also

References

  1. Jamey Newberg (December 13, 2018). "Future considerations: In trading Alex Claudio, Texas turns a 27th-round draft pick into a first". The Athletic. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  2. "Alex Claudio Player Page". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  3. John Blake (August 13, 2014). "Rangers place RHP Yu Darvish on 15-day disabled list; purchase contract of LHP Alex Claudio from Triple-A Round Rock". MLB.com. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  4. T.R. Sullivan (December 1, 2017). "Claudio chosen as Rangers Pitcher of the Year". MLB.com. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  5. T.R. Sullivan (September 30, 2017). "Claudio's 2018 role in bullpen uncertain". MLB.com. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  6. "Rangers Send Durable Lefty Alex Claudio to Brewers for Draft Pick". NBC 5 DFW. December 13, 2018. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  7. "Splits Leaderboards | FanGraphs".
  8. "Brewers acquire Alex Claudio, send pick to Rangers". ESPN.com. Associated Press. December 13, 2018. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  9. T.R. Sullivan (December 13, 2019). "Texas closes busy Meetings with Claudio trade". MLB.com. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  10. "2019 Major League Baseball Pitching Leaders". Baseball-Reference.com. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  11. Tom Haudricourt (December 2, 2019). "The Brewers opt not to tender 2020 contracts to Shaw, Nelson, Claudio, Guerra and Saladino". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved December 2, 2019.
  12. The AP (December 9, 2019). "Alex Claudio, Brewers agree to $1.75 million, 1-year deal". USA Today. Retrieved December 10, 2019.
  13. "Angels sign reliever Alex Claudio to 1-year deal". 16 December 2020.
  14. "Brewers non-tender Claudio, Gamel, Peterson". 3 December 2020.
  15. Gonzalez, Alden (16 December 2020). "Los Angeles Angels sign reliever Alex Claudio to one-year deal". ESPN. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
  16. "Angels' Alex Claudio: DFA'd by Halos".
  17. "Red Sox Sign Alex Claudio".
  18. "Alex Claudio Stats, Fantasy & News | MLB.com". MLB.com.
  19. "Mets Sign Alex Claudio, Stephen Nogosek To Minor League Contracts". MLB Trade Rumors.
  20. "Brewers' Alex Claudio: Gets NRI From Brewersl". cbssports.com. Retrieved 2023-01-03.
  21. T.R. Sullivan (February 12, 2017). "WBC '17 could prep Claudio for Rangers role". MLB.com. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  22. WFAA Staff (March 14, 2017). "Rangers rule World Baseball Classic first round". WFAA-TV Channel 8. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
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