Tag:Maikel Cleto
Posted on: December 12, 2010 3:09 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2010 3:14 pm

Cards send SS to Seattle

Brendan Ryan Shortstop Brendan Ryan has been traded to the Mariners for minor-league right-hander Maikel Cleto.

The Cardinals had been shopping the slick-fielding, no-hit shortstop with the Twins among those interested, before sending him to Seattle. Ryan hit .223/.279/.294 with two home runs and 36 RBI in 139 games for the Cardinals last season (so he'll fit right in with the Mariners). The team acquired Ryan Theriot, who will be their starting shortstop this season.

Cleto is a 21-year old Dominican who was 4-9 with a 6.16 ERA a Class A High Desert of the California League. Cleto struck out 83 and walked 44, while allowing 125 hits in 102/ 2/3 innings last season. He can throw in the high-90s, but doesn't do much else as a pitcher.

UPDATE: "Cleto has a power arm that at times has reached 100," Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said (via Bernie Miklasz on Twitter ). "He's someone that could project as a back of the bullpen talent with additional development and experience."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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