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18 May

Brent Clevlen

The Tigers’ Ryan Langerhans, a high draft pick (second round) who kept rising through the system because he has obvious physical gifts, but never did anything to make you think he was a real prospect. Clevlen did have a year, 2005 in High-A, in which he drove in 102 runs, but he was repeating the level and the .484 slugging percentage he put up that season looks like a typo in his career line; his career minor league slugging percentage is .421. Clevlen actually resembles several Braves minor leaguers and fringe players, like Brooks Conrad, in that he has some pop and will take a walk, but doesn’t make regular enough contact to produce many runs. His career minor league batting average is just .261.

Clevlen played just 28 games of rookie ball before starting 2003 at low-A, and handled both very well. He didn’t do too well in his first exposure to high-A, and as I said repeated the level, but on that repeat had a strong season. However, he was completely hapless in AA in 2006, but got a promotion to the big leagues anyway. In 31 games, mostly off the bench, he hit .282 and slugged .641. He started 2007 in AAA and didn’t hit at all, and went 1-10 in a September callup. He played much better repeating AAA in 2008 and had another callup in which he didn’t hit, and that seems to have solidified his AAAA status. The Braves signed him to a minor league contract this offseason. I think he was called up instead of one of the other unattractive options in Gwinnett because he hits righthanded.

Brent Clevlen Minor League Statistics & History –

145 Responses to “Brent Clevlen”

  1. 1
    spike Says:

    JC’ed (sort of) from previous…

    Jon K@70 – Chipper, Escobar, McClouth, Mac, Glaus, and Diaz/Cabrera are all significantly below their career averages. Whether they “ought” to be or not is a different story, but I am sure the roster was constructed with the idea that over the course of the year all would be pretty close to that, some over, some under.

    Side point – I don’t know what you mean by a “true” cleanup hitter, but Chipper has been one of the best hitters in the league throughout his career. I realize he can’t overcome the fetishist who says “but he wasn’t hitting CLEANUP!” but the perpetual problem since Surhoff/Brogna has been getting offensive production from LF and 1B for this team

  2. 2
    ububba Says:

    Clevlen’s been quite the K King.

  3. 3
    Jeff K Says:

    Man, I wish we had snagged Willingham.

  4. 4
    jorgbacca Says:

    Saw this as the Mets lineup for tonight. Can’t verify it.

    Reyes-SS, Castillo-2B, Carter-LF, Wright-3B, Davis-1B, Barajas-C, Pagan-CF, Francoeur-RF, Santana-LHP

  5. 5
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    “What I have come to understand is that everybody believes they can be a general manager.


    Steve Phillips, unwittingly defining the word “irony”

  6. 6
    spike Says:

    No Jason Bay? I’ll take it.

    That Phillips article is full of win.

  7. 7
    td Says:

    From looking at his stats, Clevlan may have a little more value than I thought. If he can hit about .260 with an OPS of .750 to .770, he’ll be passable as a 4th outfielder. Nothing to get too excited about, but it’s at least better than the Melk Dud and the others we have in AA/AAA. Playing all of positions is a plus, but I wonder how good of an outfielder he is – especially in center.

  8. 8
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Langerhans’ career minor league line: .269/.361/.420.
    Clevlen’s: .261/.341/.421.
    Langerhans’ career major league line: .232/.335/.380.

  9. 9
    spike Says:

    Not sure what that tells us Mac, without any park context, or that Langerhans got a couple of 250 PA minor league years at 28/29 that artificially boost his totals.

  10. 10
    sansho1 Says:

    If Clevlen matches Langerhans’ major league production and can play center field — well, it’s not very good, but we’ve certainly had worse reserve OFs.

    Ceiling — Darren Bragg, 2002
    Floor — Darren Bragg, 2003

  11. 11
    P. W. Hjort Says:

    The average NL corner outfielder’s OPS was .781 last year. If he can post an OPS of .750-.770, he’s probably good enough to start somewhere. I don’t think he will, though. Strikes out a ton and has mediocre secondary skills.

    Regarding his fielding, he can run and throw. I think he’d be able to handle center. Don’t know yet, though.

  12. 12
    ryan c Says:

    1. Prado 2B, 2. Heyward RF, 3. Jones 3B, 4. Glaus 1B, 5. McCann C, 6. Hinske LF, 7. Escobar SS, 8. McLouth CF 9. Medlen P

  13. 13
    spike Says:

    I think Bobby’s getting the hang of this lineup thing.

  14. 14
    braves14 Says:

    That’s a revised lineup because earlier it had Cabrera instead of Hinske.

  15. 15
    RobBroad4th Says:

    14, Thank God.

    12, I always appreciate the lineups being posted on the Journal. Thanks for doing that.

  16. 16
    Stu Says:

    The first lineup was the correct one. Hinske’s out, Melky’s in.

  17. 17
    sdp Says:

    Frenchy batting eight. Love it.

  18. 18
    Johnny Says:

    Bobby is playing the hot hand or sitting the stone cold sucking the life out of the team one. Whatever, I’m good.

    edit: damn it.

    Son of a Bitch. I’ll be watching women’s lacrosse tomorrow night instead of the Braves v Reds on Fox Sports Ohio. Its a damn conspiracy.

  19. 19
    OneEye Says:

    A guy at the barber shop told me that:

    Hanley Ramirez for Yunell, Schafer and Vizcaino

    is a done deal

  20. 20
    Jeremy Says:

    Francoeur through 39 games:

    .243 .270 .355

    .212 .275 .364

  21. 21
    Brian J. Says:

    17, the Mets changed their lineup. Pagan (CF) is batting 6th, Frenchy (useless) 7th, and Henry Blanco (also useless) 8th.

  22. 22
    braves14 Says:

    Hinske sucks against LHP, which is why he’s out.

    Too bad there isn’t a real right-handed option. Not that Infante is someone you’d want in LF a lot, but he’s probably our best option against LHP right now.

  23. 23
    csg Says:

    braves14 – have you seen Melky’s numbers vs LHP? 5-36 .139/.285/.229 I believe. Im fine if Hinske cant hit them, but neither does the guy playing in his place

    AJC is blowing up over this Cox quote from today and rightfully so….

    David O’Brien

    May 18th, 2010
    5:39 pm
    Bobby asked whether tempted to start Hinske despite having only four ABs vs. lefties, said, “He can hit lefties” and that wasn’t reason for not starting him. So why not start him? Cox said because Cabrera hasn’t played in a while.

  24. 24
    mr.swings@everything Says:

    Have I ever mentioned that I really hate listening to Mark Lemke talk about baseball. Has anyone heard why Sutton is missing these games? This is the 2nd one in a row.

  25. 25
    mr.swings@everything Says:

    I haven’t played in awhile, either. PUT ME IN COACH!

  26. 26
    Jon K Says:

    Good move Cox… Bmac moves down out of 4 to 5. Let’s give Glaus a try

  27. 27
    Brian J. Says:

    For those of us not suffering through these broadcasts, who’s worse, Homestar or Chip?

  28. 28
    NickC Says:

    Shame Diaz is injured, he does well against Santana.

  29. 29
    jorgbacca Says:

    Powell said yesterday that Sutton was home with his kids getting them ready for the last few days or school or something like that.

  30. 30
    Mac Thomason Says:

    I would have started Clevlen.

  31. 31
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Language, Brian.

  32. 32
    mraver Says:

    McCann is just not right. He’s had some horrible cuts lately.

    And FWIW, Cox said absolutely the right thing. You don’t say, “we, like everyone else in this league, know that Hinske can’t hit lefties, so we’re benching him today. And as long as the lineup spot is going to waste, might as well let Melky take some cuts to see if he can at least get back to mediocrity.” Instead, you say what Cox said. It’s as simple as not undermining your players.

  33. 33
    jorgbacca Says:

    Game tracker shows the ball McCann just struck out on being in the opposite batters box and low.

    I’m getting very concerned about the vision.

  34. 34
    Mac Thomason Says:

    It was a pretty nasty breaking ball.

  35. 35
    Mac Thomason Says:

    BTW, I emailed Joe Posnanski, and he too expects Jeffy to be fitted for a Royals uniform in the near future.

  36. 36
    mraver Says:

    Wow. That could been two runs in, runner on 2nd, nobody out easily. :-D

  37. 37
    Brian J. Says:

    I doubt Rany Jazayerli is still willing to advocate a Frenchy trade to the Royals, as he was in June of last year.

  38. 38
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Yeah, I rather embarrasingly remembered Poz as advocating that.

  39. 39
    spike Says:

    Cleared the pitchers spot. Good job, Nate.

  40. 40
    P. W. Hjort Says:

    This whole Chipper/McCann/Escobar not hitting thing is getting very old.

  41. 41
    mr.swings@everything Says:


    Thanks, man. I’m glad there’s nothing wrong with Don. On a related note, I’d love for Glavine to be given a greater role on the broadcasts. I’ve been really pleased with him so far. He seems to have a natural talent for it.

  42. 42
    ububba Says:


  43. 43
    spike Says:

    Hot damn.

  44. 44
    Grst Says:

    This Glaus guy is alright.

  45. 45
    spike Says:

    And Santana pushing 60 pitches through three. I like it.

  46. 46
    braves14 Says:

    csg — I’m very aware of that. That is why I said Infante was the best option.

  47. 47
    csg Says:

    #46 oh I agree, didnt see that part either

    Wren took a lot of crap for the Glaus signing, seems to be a very solid move so far.

    Atta boy Yunel

  48. 48
    braves14 Says:

    At least Escobar still has more walks than strikeouts.

    And as I say that, he gets a hit.

  49. 49
    mraver Says:

    GJ, Yesco! Cleared the Melky!

  50. 50
    spike Says:

    He didn’t take any crap from me. As others pointed out at the time, when you are on a budget, a guy like Glaus is the kind of low cost/high upside move you have to be looking for.

  51. 51
    spike Says:

    I think we can safely say Santana is laboring here.

  52. 52
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Take one for the team, Melky!

  53. 53
    csg Says:

    #50 – yep, exactly

    thats probably the longest ball Ive seen Melky hit

  54. 54
    mr.swings@everything Says:

    OMFG, They’re letting Lemke do PbP. I hope the fool responsible for this decision has to listen to this crap.

  55. 55
    braves14 Says:

    I wonder if the Braves and Smoltz would consider a signing in June a la Clemens with some time getting ready in the minors, with the idea of him replacing Lowe or KK.

  56. 56
    Jon K Says:


    Great call dude haha

  57. 57
    braves14 Says:

    Medlen is doing well so far tonight — 4 shutout IP, 1 BB, 4 K

  58. 58
    braves14 Says:

    56 — You do know batting order has little effect on optimizing runs, right?

  59. 59
    ububba Says:

    FWIW, that’s the first run the Mets have ever scored off Medlen (10.1 IP).

    And Francoeur was 0 for 21 before that one.

  60. 60
    Jon K Says:

    It’s more me beliving Glaus is the power in our lineup at the moment than it is about the batting order. The fact he he’s batting 4th is the icing on the cake

  61. 61
    braves14 Says:

    I hate Francoeur.

  62. 62
    mr.swings@everything Says:

    I told you guys we should have kept Jeff.

  63. 63
    Jon K Says:


    Take a lesson out of what not to do from RyanC. Don’t glout about how “well” someone is doing. It always comes back to bite us in the rear end haha

  64. 64
    spike Says:

    Well crap. You still have to like your chances for the rest of the way. I’ll take a 2-2 game against Santana in the 5th at home.

  65. 65
    Mac Thomason Says:

    He still sucks.

  66. 66
    Jeremy Says:

    Sounded like some Braves “fans” cheered that Francoeur homer. Losers.

  67. 67
    RobBroad4th Says:

    66, Must be Bring Your Teenaged Daughter To the Game Night.

  68. 68
    sdp Says:

    Francoeur thinks he just validated his contract.

  69. 69
    braves14 Says:

    Chipper hasn’t homered since Lyndon Johnson was in office.

  70. 70
    Grst Says:

    I heard a good bit of jeering, and they threw the ball back.

  71. 71
    c. shorter Says:

    Glaus looks like he’s 3 or 4 times as big as Johan at this angle.

  72. 72
    ububba Says:

    And capping off a season where they lose 70 games, the Nets manage to lose the NBA lottery, too. They’ll pick 3rd.

    Talk about some bad luck…

  73. 73
    Jon K Says:

    Come on let’s give chipper some credit. His last homer was off Doug Drabek, not too long ago. Wait…

  74. 74
    Hanan Says:

    The Braves simply must win this game. The thought of 0-5 against the Mets, and Francoeur and his %$#&-eating grin, would really suck.

  75. 75
    spike Says:

    Come on boys, get Kris a run and a W here – he has earned it.

  76. 76
    ryan c Says:

    i always assumed a shiteating grin wouldnt look so sparkly. no?

  77. 77
    ububba Says:

    We’re out-Francoeuring Francoeur here.

  78. 78
    braves14 Says:

    Melky blows.

  79. 79
    Hanan Says:

    From the Urban Dictionary:

    A ****-eating grin is a very wide and, to the outside observer, stupid looking grin, usually showing smugness, self-satisfaction, or inner humor.

  80. 80
    spike Says:

    Here we go. Come on Kris.

  81. 81
    RobBroad4th Says:

    I don’t think I can stomach Francoeur coming through here. How about a DP?

  82. 82
    braves14 Says:

    Moylan should not throw him a strike.

  83. 83
    mraver Says:


  84. 84
    Mac Thomason Says:

    That’s our Jeffy!

  85. 85
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Like clockwork. Let’s win this.

  86. 86
    Jeremy Says:

    Suck it, Jeffy.

  87. 87
    braves14 Says:

    There’s the Frenchy we know and loathe.

  88. 88
    Jon K Says:

    haha outta boy JEFFY!!!! I love cheering for Jeffy GIDP’s!! It doesn’t make me throw up anymore

  89. 89
    braves14 Says:

    84 — That’s their Jeffy!

  90. 90
    Hanan Says:

    Is there a plane to catch?

  91. 91
    desert Says:

    Is Prado’s Walk-Up song ‘Hey Macarena’?

  92. 92
    Jeremy Says:

    Hibernation Mode in full effect.

  93. 93
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Well, it is Santana.

  94. 94
    Rob Cope Says:

    ESPN has Atlanta at a 52% predicted winner. I think we’re good, guys.

  95. 95
    Johnny Says:

    Ok, besides the fact that he played and played and played even though he sucked (which wasn’t his fault) was quoted often, again not his fault, had a commercial, not his fault, and was the face of the franchise, not his fault. And acted like an entitled spoiled brat when the Braves tried to correct his defective play why do we hate Jeff Francouer so much? Just asking.

  96. 96
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Because he was a whiny baby who moaned to the press about how terribly he was being mistreated when the Braves finally demoted him.

  97. 97
    Rob Cope Says:

    I can’t tell if you’re being sarcastic or not, Johnny, but I have actually wondering why I don’t like Jeff so much. I think it’s his unwillingness to change. Clearly things aren’t working, and yet he continues to do the same thing. Other than that, he’s not a bad guy.

  98. 98
    braves14 Says:

    Saito has been a nice signing by Wren.

  99. 99
    Brian J. Says:

    No doubt Santana’s thinking he’d have gotten a win for sure, if it weren’t for that Medlen kid…

  100. 100
    Johnny Says:

    Part of it was sarcasm but part of it is me really asking why we, as the best and most knowledgeable Braves fans, IMHO, spend so much energy hating what seems to be a nice kid trying his best.

    We all know he sucks but really, you could build a huge list of players that have earned millions of dollars playing baseball that were terrible at the game. Yet they continued to earn those dollars based on one small flash of brilliance.

  101. 101
    RobBroad4th Says:

    This ump is a douche.

  102. 102
    RobBroad4th Says:

    If Jeffy had the same attitude KJ had after being demoted, I would have no problems with him. It’s his stubbornness and stupid approach to the game that angered me.

  103. 103
    John Gaines Says:


    Yeah, total douche.

    In the game of professional baseball, where it seems like everything can be misconstrued as disrespect, why are strike 3 calls like that not frowned upon?

  104. 104
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Meanwhile, that’s sixteen outs in a row by the Braves.

  105. 105
    Johnny Says:

    Just psycho analyzing myself here but I spewed a lot of vitriol out about the kid just out of frustration that Bobby kept playing him. It drove me nuts.

    Rob, you are right. KJ handled his situation like a professional, admitted he was sucking, did what was best for the team. Huge contrast.

  106. 106
    mr.swings@everything Says:


    That’s pretty much been my position as well. The whining about the demotion thing is just post hoc justification. There are tons of terrible baseball players out there. It’s just that most teams have the good sense not to play them. I really feel kinda sorry for Francoeur that he has all these expectations about his ability that he’ll most likely never be able to meet.
    All those horrendous Francouer ABs that we suffered through should be blamed on Bobby Cox and Braves mgmt. not Francoeur himself.

  107. 107
    Stu Says:

    101 & 104—Totally agree.

  108. 108
    RehabReject Says:

    We need some of Wes Helms clubhouse leadershsip.

    “C’mon fellers, let’s give em hell!”

  109. 109
    csg Says:

    this ump at 1B is a douche also, he’s missed 3 calls

  110. 110
    csg Says:

    great job blocking the ball in the dirt BMac, when you can throw 100 make them hit it

  111. 111
    csg Says:

    why wouldnt you walk Wright? nevermind, I see now

  112. 112
    braves14 Says:

    That one got McCann in the balls.

  113. 113
    John Gaines Says:

    Oh man, that slow mo shot was brutal.

  114. 114
    ryan c Says:

    planning on having kids, brian? might choose another profession.

    maybe it was a pop in the gonads that brian needed to get going.

  115. 115
    braves14 Says:

    Brian is now a soprano.

  116. 116
    braves14 Says:

    He is due up first.

  117. 117
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Poor guy. I thought he was coming out for a second there. That was sheer agony on his face.

  118. 118
    Jon K Says:

    huge billy huge

  119. 119
    Johnny Says:

    God dang that had to hurt. had a look in. Groin injury indeed.

  120. 120
    braves14 Says:

    That must not have been a direct hit, because if it was, I don’t know how he could stay in.

  121. 121
    Jon K Says:

    is anyone else having issues with

  122. 122
    ryan c Says:

    no shot in the nads: 1/4 year slump

    shot in the nads: batting 1.000


  123. 123
    braves14 Says:

    I think I’d bunt with Yunel.

    Please let Hinske hit for Melky, Chino.

  124. 124
    ryan c Says:

    he will.

  125. 125
    Jeremy Says:

    Now you bunt with Melky.

  126. 126
    ryan c Says:

    i take that back…he probably wont. he knows melky’s gotta get going.

    nvm…melky’s bunting surely.

  127. 127
    braves14 Says:

    Well, now Melky can bunt.

  128. 128
    John Gaines Says:

    Maybe Melky will get hit in the nuts here..

  129. 129
    joelk Says:

    Does anyone think Melky can avoid hitting into a double play here?

  130. 130
    Jon K Says:

    Let Melky swing away! haha

  131. 131
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Melky sucks.

  132. 132
    John Gaines Says:


  133. 133
    Brian J. Says:

    MELKY?!? Does not compute.

  134. 134
    RobBroad4th Says:

    I’ll take it!!

  135. 135
    braves14 Says:

    That works.

  136. 136
    Mac Thomason Says:


  137. 137
    Jon K Says:


  138. 138
    Jeremy Says:

    That was lucky.

  139. 139
    joelk Says:

    Melky still sucks!!!!

  140. 140
    ryan c Says:

    good…we needed that.

  141. 141
    Jon K Says:

    Melky needed that

  142. 142
    NickC Says:

    Horrible 9th for Wright, but Ike Davis wussed out of that play.

  143. 143
    Hanan Says:

    I’ll take it….great start by Medlen tonight.

    As for the play, Wright had a tough play to make and his 1B didn’t help him at all there.

  144. 144
    RobBroad4th Says:

    143, Completely agree.

  145. 145
    Mac Thomason Says:


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