Full name EMMANUEL CLASE (De La Cruz)...Signed by San Diego as a non-drafted free agent on 1/26/15…Signed by Emengildo Diaz...Favorite move is "Rambo" and favorite player growing up was Mariano Rivera.
Compiled one of the finest seasons in relief in club history, posting the second-lowest ERA (1.29) in both club history (min. 50 games/50IP) and among 2021 ML relievers (Josh Hader, MIL, 1.23)…The flamethrower ranked highly among rookie relievers in ERA (1st, 1.29), saves (1st, 24), innings pitched (3rd, 69.2), average against (4th, .195), wins (T5th, 4) and strikeouts (6th, 74)...According to Fan Graphs, Clase led all rookie relievers in WAR (2.2) and ranked sixth among all MLB rookie pitchers (starters & relievers)...According to Baseball-Reference, was the third-most valuable Cleveland player (2.8 bWAR) behind José Ramίrez (6.7) and Cal Quantrill (3.9)... Garnered a first place vote in the 2021 A.L. Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year voting after the season, good for a fifth place finish (11 points)...Set club rookie records for appearances (71) and saves (24)...Tossed 471 of 1,057 (44.6%) pitches at 100+ MPH in 2021, leading all of MLB in 100+ MPH pitches thrown (Baseball Savant). Clase finished the season with the fastest avg. 4-seam fastball speed (100.7 MPH) and the fastest average cutter speed (100.2 MPH) in 2021 (min. 100 pitches), marking the highest average cutter velocity in a season for a pitcher since pitch tracking began in 2008...Also owns the second-highest average cutter velocity for a season with a 99.2 MPH average in 2019....After a rough patch in late June/early July (June 30-July 16) in which he allowed 11 hits and 9 runs (6ER) over a 6-game span (5.1 IP), he went on to post an ERA of 0.28 over his final 32 games of the season (July 17-on, 32.2IP, 16H, 2R/1ER, 2BB, 33K)…Did not allow a run over a career-high 20 straight appearances (20.1IP), July 17-Sept. 1…Longest scoreless stretch by a club reliever since Andrew Miller (29.2IP, 2016-17)…Was named August A.L. Reliever of the Month (0R, 12.2IP, .095 AVG), becoming the first Clevelander to earn the award since Cody Allen in April of 2017....Allowed only seven extra-base hits on the year (4 2B, 3B, 2HR) and walked just one batter over his final 22 games (8/15-on, 22.2 IP)…Allowed earned runs in only 7 of 71 games…Recorded one 5-out save (first career on 7/31 at CWS) and one 4-out save (9/5 at BOS)…Recorded a career-best 13 straight save conversions, July 25-Sept. 21, coming after blowing three straight opportunities in consecutive appearances, July 5-16…On the year, he was 24-for-29 overall (83%) in save opportunities…Allowed a season OPS of just .481, including a .440 mark by LHH (22-for-123, .179 AVG)… Batters hit .188 (21-for-112) with runners on and .145 (9-for-62) with RISP.
Acquired by Cleveland from Texas in December 2019 along with OF Delino DeShields in a deal that sent RHP Corey Kluber to the Rangers...Spent the season on the Restricted List after being suspended for the season (originally 80 games) after testing positive for the PED Boldenone in violation of MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program...Suspension was revised to cover the entirety of the 60-game 2020 season...Spent the campaign between Goodyear, AZ and his home in the Dominican Republic...Did not pitch in Spring Training due to a strain of the teres major muscle in his right shoulder/upper back area...Appeared in one game for Estrellas (Nov. 16) in the Dominican Winter League (LIDOM).
Made his Major League debut in August at the age of 21, emerging as a reliable option out of the Texas bullpen over the final 2 months of the season, leading all Rangers pitchers with 21 appearances from 8/4 (ML debut) through the end of the season…Posted the third-lowest ERA (2.31) among AL rookie pitchers (min. 20 IP) behind MIN's Randy Dobnak (1.59) and TB's Nick Anderson (2.11)… Was the third Ranger to make 20-or-more relief appearances in an age-21 or younger season, joining Neftalí Felíz in 2009 (20 G) and Mitch Williams in 1986 (80 G)...Has never been on the Injured List in his professional career...Made ML debut on 8/4 vs. DET at 21 years, 139 days, the youngest Texas pitcher to debut since Martín Pérez (21.084) on 6/27/12 vs. DET…Earned first - and only - career save on Aug. 30 vs. Seattle at 21.165 YO, youngest to notch a save for Texas since Feliz (21.125) in 2009 and second-youngest to earn an MLB save in 2019 (SD's Andrés Muñoz, 20.225)…First ML win on August 20 vs. LAA and made his first career start as 'opener', Aug. 28 at LAA (1.0 SHO IP)...Posted a 0.69 ERA (3 R-1 ER/13.0 IP) in final 12 games and recorded no walks in last 11 games (12.0 IP) ... Contract was selected from Frisco (AA) on August 2, posting a combined 3-2 mark with a 2.82 (14 ER/44.2 IP) with 9 BB/50 SO, 12 saves, and 1.052 WHIP figure over 39 games/one start for High-A Down East and AA Frisco in 2019 … Began season with Down East and was promoted to Frisco on 4/23…Was rated by Baseball America as Texas' 23rd-best prospect in July update...Seven outings for Estrellas in the DWL after the season (1ER/7.0IP).
Acquired from San Diego on 5/7 as played to be named later, completing the 4/6 trade that sent C Brett Nicholas to the Padres...Named to Northwest League mid-season All-Star team…Posted a 0.64 ERA (2 ER/28.1 IP) in 22 relief outings, lowest among NWL pitchers (min. 25.0 IP)...Finished T1st in the NWL in saves (12), converting 11 straight chances to close the season...Following that outing, closed regular season with 21.0-inning scoreless streak spanning 16 outings (.145 opp. avg. during span).
Combined to go 2-5 with a 6.00 ERA (26 ER/39.0 IP) in 10 G/6 GS with Tri-City (Short-A) and AZL Padres2 (Rk.)… Posted career-high 10.6 SO/9 and 5.1 BB/9…Made season debut with Tri-City before being transferred to the AZL for remainder of campaign.
Held opponents to .227/.309/.247/.557 (22-97) slash line in 1st stateside season, allowing just 2 XBH (2 2B).
In pro debut, led DSL Padres staff in ERA (1.99), starts (10), innings (54.1) and strikeouts (49).