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Cla Meredith

Baltimore Orioles — No. 26
Relief pitcher
Born: June 4, 1983 (1983-06-04) (age 26)
Richmond, Virginia
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
May 8, 2005 for the Boston Red Sox
Career statistics
(through 2009 season)
Win-Loss     14-12
Earned run average     3.52
Strikeouts     182
Meredith pitching for the San Diego Padres in 2008.

Olise Claiborne "Cla" Meredith III (pronounced /kleɪ/), nicknamed "The Claw", (born June 4, 1983, in Richmond, Virginia) is a Major League Baseball relief pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles.


Collegiate career

Meredith attended Virginia Commonwealth University. 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

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.

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 33 2/3 innings from July 18 through September 12. That streak set a franchise record, eclipsing Randy Jones' 30-inning scoreless streak. The 33 2/3 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]

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 1 year contract with the Baltimore Orioles.

Pitching style

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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