WICHITA, Kansas – The Wichita Wingnuts are bringing back one of the most productive hitters in team history for the 2016 season as they announced Thursday that veteran outfielder Brent Clevlen has been re-signed.
The 2014 American Association Player of the Year, Clevlen owns the Wingnuts franchise records for doubles (73), RBIs (172), and total bases (517). The outfielder’s .372 batting average during the 2014 campaign is the second-highest in club history, falling just shy of Kevin Hooper’s .373 mark from 2008.
Drafted in the second round of the 2002 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Detroit Tigers out of Westwood High School in Austin, Texas, Clevlen spent eight seasons in the Detroit organization, making his major league debut in 2006. He hit his first two career MLB home runs in his third career game at Tampa Bay on August 1, 2006.
The 32-year old played parts of three seasons with the Tigers, and was with the organization until 2009. In 2010, Clevlen once again made it to baseball’s highest level with the Atlanta Braves, his last appearance in the majors.
Since then, the native Texan has split his time between the minors, the Mexican League, and the Wingnuts. Last year, after hitting .301 with 19 homers and 73 RBIs with Puebla of the Mexican League, Clevlen signed with the Wingnuts for the stretch run, and went 20-for-45 (.444) in 11 games to help Wichita make the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season.
The ninth season of Wichita Wingnuts baseball begins on Thursday, May 19th at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium against the Lincoln Saltdogs.