Cla Meredith

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Cla Meredith
Cla Meredith on September 1, 2009.jpg
Tenure with the Baltimore Orioles
Relief pitcher
Born: (1983-06-04) June 4, 1983 (age 31)
Richmond, Virginia
Batted: RightThrew: Right
MLB debut
May 8, 2005 for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
May 27, 2010 for the Baltimore Orioles
Career statistics
(through May 27, 2010)
Win-loss record14-14
Earned run average3.62
Strikeouts189
Teams
 
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Cla Meredith
Cla Meredith on September 1, 2009.jpg
Tenure with the Baltimore Orioles
Relief pitcher
Born: (1983-06-04) June 4, 1983 (age 31)
Richmond, Virginia
Batted: RightThrew: Right
MLB debut
May 8, 2005 for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
May 27, 2010 for the Baltimore Orioles
Career statistics
(through May 27, 2010)
Win-loss record14-14
Earned run average3.62
Strikeouts189
Teams
Meredith pitching for the San Diego Padres in 2008.

Olise Claiborne "Cla" Meredith III (/ˈkl/; born June 4, 1983), nicknamed "The Claw", is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher.

Collegiate career[edit]

Meredith attended Virginia Commonwealth University and played on their baseball team. Meredith was used almost exclusively as a reliever. He put up his best numbers in 2003, going 6-0 with a school record 1.19 ERA, which was 2nd best in the NCAA (Division I). Meredith posted 8 saves that year, with 70 strikeouts, and only 16 walks. He is also VCU's all time ERA leader at 2.52.

Professional career[edit]

Boston Red Sox[edit]

Meredith was drafted in the 6th round (185th overall) 2004 Major League Baseball Draft by the Boston Red Sox after his junior year at VCU. He started his pro career with their Single-A affiliate the Augusta GreenJackets. In 13 games, he gave up no runs and saved six games, while striking out 18 and walking three.

He was promoted to Sarasota of the Florida State League after his performance in Augusta and put up a 0-2 record with a 2.20 ERA in 16 games with 12 saves, 16 strikeouts and only three walks. In 2005, he pitched 15 innings over 12 games for the Portland Sea Dogs without giving up an earned run, striking out 12 while walking three.

He made his major league debut on May 8 2005 against Seattle. Meredith walked two batters before allowing a grand slam to Richie Sexson.

San Diego Padres[edit]

On May 1, 2006, Meredith was traded to the Padres, along with then-Red Sox backup catcher Josh Bard, for catcher Doug Mirabelli. Meredith earned a win in his first appearance for San Diego on May 13, 2006, starting off a record-setting rookie campaign. His 1.07 ERA and .170 batting average against led the National League (minimum 50 innings pitched).[1][2]

He did not surrender a run in 28 consecutive appearances, a span of 3323 innings from July 18 through September 12. That streak set a franchise record, eclipsing Randy Jones' 30-inning scoreless streak. The 3323 scoreless innings also tied Orel Hershiser's mark in 1984 for the second-longest streak by a rookie since 1970. It now stands as the second-longest scoreless stretch by a rookie relief pitcher in the live-ball era (1920).[3]

Baltimore Orioles[edit]

In July 2009, Meredith was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for infielder Oscar Salazar.

On December 12, 2009, Meredith avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles.

After getting sent down on June 22, 2010, he was designated for assignment to make room for recently acquired Jake Fox.

Washington Nationals[edit]

The Washington Nationals signed Meredith to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training on February 2, 2011. On March 27, 2011, the Nationals released him.[4]

Pitching style[edit]

Meredith's pitching motion.

The right-handed side-armer is best known for his sinking fastball, which is typically thrown in the 86–89 mph range. He is working to further develop his changeup and average slider.

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