The Diamondbacks made a minor move Wednesday hoping to add some depth to their depleted outfield corps. The D-Backs picked up former Tiger and Brave Brent Clevlen.
The 28 year old Clevlen was a 2nd round pick by Detroit in the 2002 draft and became a Detroit fan favorite as a role player with the 2006 AL Champion Tiger team, hitting .282 with 3 home runs down the stretch. Clevlen, however, got left out in a crowded backup outfielder competition over the next couple years in Detroit losing time to players including Tiger starter Ryan Raburn, current Ray starter Matt Joyce, and current twin Clete Thomas. After leaving the Tigers organization, Clevlen made only 4 plate appearances in the majors with the Atlanta Braves in 2010 and spent time last year between the Reds and Phillies Triple-A and Double-A affiliates last season.
For the D-Backs, Clevlen’s been assigned to Double-A Mobile where he has started his season 2 for 9 with an RBI. While he’s definitely not a major signing, at the very least he gives the D-Backs another option to call up if AJ Pollock struggles. All together, Cleven has played 54 games in the majors and played all three outfield positions.