Cardinals relief pitcher Maikel Cleto (63) pitches in the spring training game against the New York Mets at Digital Domain Park.
By Nora Farrell
(The Cardinal Nation Show) -- As the Cardinals disabled list continues to grow, there has been an influx of fresh faces in the dugout. Pitchers Maikel Cleto and Sam Freeman are two of the Cardinals most recent call-ups. Cleto appeared in a few games last fall while Freeman will soon be making his major league debut.
Cleto, who wears number 63, is a 23-year-old right-handed pitcher from the Dominican Republic. He was signed as an amateur free agent by the New York Mets in 2006 and came to the Cardinals last year from Seattle in exchange for Brendan Ryan.
Cleto carries a major league career ERA of 12.46, but does have six strikeouts in 4.1 innings of work. Cleto is known for his fastball that averages in the mid to upper 90s, but can top 100 mph. With Cleto's call-up coming on May 30 prior to the Cardinals series at the New York Mets he will have to adjust to pitching on the road as he has only pitched for the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
Sam Freeman will be making his major league debut after being called up on May 31. The 24-year-old Texas native was drafted in 2008 in the 32nd round (965 overall) out of the University of Kansas.
He was called into Spring Training in 2010, when he injured his elbow and was forced to undergo Tommy John surgery. During the second half of last season, Freeman said his arm had return to 100 percent and has velocity was right where it was pre-surgery. Freeman started this season at Double-A Springfield before making his way to Triple-A Memphis.
Freeman will wear number 61 for the Cardinals.