Attended Escuela Nocturna San Felipe ... originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by the New York Mets on August 10, 2006 ... resides in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic ... name is pronounced Michael CLAY-toe.
Split 2014 between Chicago and Class AAA Charlotte...Established career highs in games (28), IP (29.1), strikeouts (32) and holds (four) … averaged 9.2 strikeouts per 9.0 IP...Recorded a 2.45 ERA (5 ER/17.1 IP) with 18 strikeouts vs. American League Central opponents...Limited lefties to a .170 average (9-53) and opponents to a .214 mark (24-112) … first batters were just 2-23 (.087)...Was designated for assignment by Kansas City on 2/17 and claimed off waivers by Chicago on 2/26...Made the White Sox Opening Day roster...Made six straight scoreless appearances (6.1 IP) to start the season from 4/2-13, allowing two hits with three holds...Allowed 10 runs (eight earned) in 7.2 IP over seven outings from 4/16-5/8 … issued three walks over 0.1 IP on 4/16 vs. Boston and allowed five runs in 2.0 IP on 5/8 vs. the Cubs...Was designated for assignment on 5/10 and outrighted to Charlotte on 5/12...His contract was purchased from Charlotte on 8/4...Recorded five-game scoreless streaks from 8/15-29 (4.2 IP; eight strikeouts) and 9/14-26 (5.1 IP; 11 strikeouts)...Went 3-5 in his save opportunities with Charlotte … nine of his 22 appearances were at least 2.0 IP...Worked a season-high 3.0 IP three times and recorded fourplus strikeouts three times...Each of his final five appearances with the Knights from 7/18-8/2 were scoreless (7.2 IP).
Spent the majority of the season at Triple-A Memphis, with two separate recalls to St. Louis.
Recalled on 5/31-6/17 in which he made four relief apps.(5.0 IP), allowed three runs and struck out six. Recalled a second time from 6/30-7/15. Made five relief apps.(4.0 IP), striking out nine. Appeared in 45 games for Memphis, all in relief, and went 3-2 with two saves in 53.2 IP. His 45 games were 5th-most on the team and his 66 K's were the 2nd highest among relievers for the Redbirds. Pitched for Licey in the Dominican Winter League. Went 1-2 with one save in eight games, 8.0 IP. Allowed just one earned run (3 total)in his appearances.
Played at four different levels during the 2011 season including High-A Palm Beach, Springfield (AA), Memphis (AAA) and St. Louis. Started 24 of 25 games in the minors while making three relief appearances in St. Louis. ... Was recalled from Springfield to St. Louis on 6/2 and made his Major League debut that night vs. SF. Allowed five runs on three hits and two home runs (Aubrey Huff and Freddy Sanchez). Was optioned to Memphis the following day. ... Recalled twice more from 6/18-23 and again 9/3 through the remainder of the season. ... In his final two MLB app., allowed a run vs. PHI (6/21), before throwing a scoreless inning vs. MIL (9/5) with two strikeouts. ... Was 8-6 with a 3.81 ERA in 24 minor league starts (25 app.), striking out over a batter an inning (135 K/134.2 IP). ... Posted career highs for wins (8), innings (134.2) and strikeouts (135). ... Ranked second among Cardinals minor leaguers in strikeouts (135), 8th in innings (134.2), T7th in games started (24) and wins (8), 7th in opponents BA (.234) and 4th in strikeouts/9 IP (9.02). ... Started in Palm Beach and made five starts going 1-1 with a 2.48 ERA. Struck out a season-high nine vs. Jupiter (4/21). ... In his seven appearances in Springfield, made six starts with four consecutive quality starts from 5/18-6/8. ... Tied his season-high striking out nine vs. San Antonio (5/29), his last start before getting his first MLB recall. ... Pitched the majority of his season in Memphis, making 13 starts and posting a 5-3 record with a 4.29 ERA in 71.1 IP. ... In his first start in Memphis, tied his season-high nine strikeouts over 7.1 innings at Omaha (6/25).
Spent the entire season with High Desert (A) in the California League...went 4-9, 6.16 in 23 games (21 GS)...averaged 7.3 strikeouts per 9 IP...Allowed 1 ER and struck out 7 in 5.0 innings in first start April 10 at Lake Elsinore...Removed from second start after 3.2 innings and landed on the disabled list 4/16-5/14 with a right shoulder strain...Had longest start of the year throwing eight innings 7/23 at SJO (8.0,9,3,3,0,6,HR)...Made six starts for the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League posting a 2-1 record with a 7.91 ERA.
Started eight games for Clinton (A) of the Midwest League during an injury-plagued season, yet still managed nearly a strikeout per inning...was on the disabled list from 6/13-22 with a strained right calf muscle and again from 7/7-8/14 with a strained left oblique muscle...made one rehab start with the Arizona Summer League Mariners on 6/21.
Started 22 games (25 app.) for Savannah (A) of the South Atlantic League, before a promotion to make one start for St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League 8/29 vs. BRE in the second game of a doubleheader...made 10 quality starts including five straight from 6/12-7/4...threw a career high 140.2 innings combined with 82 strikeouts and a 5-12 record...led the SAL with 25 wild pitches...began the season in the bullpen before moving to a starting role full time on 4/20...struck out a career-high nine batters through six innings 5/12 vs. ASH...earned first win of the season in his only career complete game shutout 5/22 at AUG, allowing just three hits and fanning two...was traded to the Seattle Mariners on 12/11 in a three-team, 12-player deal which sent J.J. Putz to the New York Mets.
Pitched in 11 games, starting four for the Gulf Coast League Mets...won first professional game 8/20 vs. GCL Nationals, throwing four innings of one-hit ball in relief.