Buck Showalter on Steve Clevenger adjusting to starting catcher duties

May 13, 2014|By Jon Meoli | The Baltimore Sun

Before last night’s game against the Detroit Tigers, Orioles manager Buck Showalter was asked about what it would take for Steve Clevenger to prove himself in his new role.

With Matt Wieters on the disabled list to rest his injured elbow, Clevenger will get the opportunity to show what he can do as the team’s primary catcher.

The Mount St. Joseph graduate saw some time as the Chicago Cubs’ starter in 2012, but he is set to have his biggest test to date since joining the Orioles.

Clevenger gave a small sample of what could be in store in the team’s 4-1 loss to Detroit, when he had three hits and an RBI. He also threw out one of two Tigers who attempted to steal second base.

Here’s what Showalter said about Clevenger’s development, and what he needs to do in his next expanded role.

He’s got to have some retention skills, being able to retain information from day to day, from series to series; Be somebody you can trust defensively. It was a pretty good test for him yesterday, after an extra-inning game and him playing a day game the next day. But as [bench coach] John Russell said, he’s had plenty of rest.

On how Clevenger’s performance has been compared to expectations.

It’s not like we had some long track record with him. It wasn’t like we had three or four years in the minor leagues and had a lot of quality people tell me what to expect and where it’s going to go. … [Coming out of] spring training, we were very happy that we thought he could be that guy. He was very engaged in catching. We’ve had some guys in the past in that role that it was all about their offense. They were driving on one and letting in two or three by their decisions.



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