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Wingnuts Add Major Leaguer Clevlen

WICHITA, KS- The Wichita Wingnuts made a significant, late addition to their roster on Monday, signing former Major League outfielder Brent Clevlen.

Since 2006, Clevlen has spent parts of four seasons in the Major Leagues, including three with the Detroit Tigers where he was a teammate of both Wingnuts' owner Nate Robertson and Wingnuts' manager Kevin Hooper.  Clevlen appeared in four games with the Atlanta Braves last season, while spending most of the year at Triple-A Gwinnett.  Now entering his 10th season of professional baseball, Clevlen has totaled 103 home runs and 909 base hits in 993 career games, while averaging 83 RBI for every 162 contests.

"Brent was a teammate of mine in Detroit and has some big time tools," said Hooper.  "He will play centerfield more than likely and will hit right in the heart of our order.  He has a plus arm in the outfield and some serious power at the plate.  Brent will be a guy I really rely on to be a leader, not only on the field, but also in the clubhouse as one of our veterans."

Clevlen was originally drafted by the Tigers out of high school in the second round in 2002.  A right-handed hitter and fielder, Clevlen started his career later that summer with the Tigers' Gulf Coast League affiliate, and hit .330 with 21 RBI in 28 games.  The 6-foot-2, 205-pound outfielder hit 12 home runs the following season for the Midwest League's West Michigan Whitecaps.  In 2005, Clevlen was named MVP of the pitcher-friendly Florida State League.  That season, and at just 21-years old, Clevlen hit .302 with 18 home runs and 102 RBI for the Lakeland Tigers.  The Austin, TX native has reached double digits in home runs in five different seasons, including a career-high 22 for the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens in 2008.

Now 27-years old, Clevlen made his Major League debut on July 30th, 2006 at Minnesota, going 2 for 3 with a double and two runs scored.  Two days later, Clevlen cracked his first two Major League home runs during a win at Tampa Bay.  Clevlen saw time with the Tigers in each of the next two seasons before resurfacing with the Braves in 2010.

The Wingnuts' now have 28 players on their 2011 roster.  American Association rosters must be cut down to at least 23 by Opening Day on May 12th, and then trimmed to 22 after the first two weeks of the regular season.

2011 Wingnuts Signings
RHP Cole Akins
C Edwin Bellorin
LHP Josh Berry
OF Evan Button
OF Brent Clevlen
OF Jorge Cortes
1B Jorge Delgado
RHP Josh Dew
2B Jason Diaz
IF D.J. Dixon
RHP Reyes Dorado
IF Thomas Fitzgerald
LHP Eric Gilliland
RHP Dan Grybash
C Ben Harty
LHP Ryan Hinson
RHP John Holdzkom
SS Josh Horn
RHP Cephas Howard
LHP Trent Lare
RHP Brandon Mathes
RHP David Miller
OF Ryan Patterson
3B Juan Richardson
RHP Anthony Shawler
RHP Jared Simon
RHP Nick Singleton
C Jeff Stevens

The Wingnuts open the 2011 season on May 12th at Amarillo.  Wichita's 2011 home opener is Friday, May 20th versus the El Paso Diablos.  Season tickets, mini packs, and group packages are on sale now.  For more information, call the Wingnuts' office at (316) 264-NUTS or by visiting the Wingnuts' official website at www.wichitawingnuts.com

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