December 15, 2019 04:40 PM
Indians' Emmanuel Clase: Shipped to Cleveland in Kluber deal
Clase and Delino DeShields are being traded Sunday from the Rangers to the Indians in exchange for Corey Kluber (oblique), Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Clase made his way to the majors in early August and pitched well during his first taste of the majors, posting a 2.31 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 21:6 K:BB over 23.1 innings with four holds and one save. The 21-year-old averages over 99 mph with both his four-seam fastball and cutter, with a 90.5 mph slider as a complement. The right-hander could immediately slide into a high-leverage bullpen role in front of closer Brad Hand for the Indians.
August 31, 2019 08:00 PM
Rangers' Emmanuel Clase: Notches first career save
Clase gave up a hit and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning Friday to record his first career save in a 6-3 win over the Mariners.
Jose Leclerc had pitched in both of the prior two games and struggled Thursday. Clase's save opportunity may not signal a full changing of the guard at closer for the Rangers, but the rookie with the 99 mph fastball could well be the future in the ninth inning for the club. Don't be surprised if he gets a few more chances to finish out games for Texas in September.
August 28, 2019 12:08 PM
Rangers' Emmanuel Clase: Getting look as opener
Clase will serve as the Rangers' opening pitcher Wednesday against the Angels.
The flame-throwing reliever hasn't worked more than two innings in any of his nine appearances with Texas this season, so he likely won't be asked to record more than six outs as he makes his first MLB "start." Ariel Jurado is slated to enter the contest after Clase and cover the bulk of the frames for Texas.
August 8, 2019 10:36 PM
Rangers' Emmanuel Clase: Strong through two MLB appearances
Clase logged a perfect eighth inning Wednesday against the Indians.
He did not allow a baserunner or record a strikeout, needing 13 pitches (11 strikes) to complete the frame. Arguably the second-best relief pitching prospect in baseball behind Andres Munoz, Clase can touch triple digits with his fastball and has a cutter that touched 98 mph in this outing. Through 2.2 MLB innings, he has not allowed a hit while walking one and striking out one. Clase clearly has ninth-inning stuff and could take over as the Rangers closer at some point in 2020, if not sooner.
August 2, 2019 10:00 PM
Rangers' Emmanuel Clase: Earns promotion to big leagues
Clase had his contract selected from Double-A Frisco on Friday, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Clase will be in line to make his major-league debut after posting a 3.35 ERA and 1.13 WHIP with a 39:8 K:BB over 37.2 innings this season at Double-A. Kyle Bird was optioned to Triple-A Nashville in a corresponding move.