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.