White Sox Outright Cleto; Purcey, Liddi Released

The White Sox have announced a series of roster moves, via Twitter. Recently designated right-hander Maikel Cleto has been outrighted to Triple-A Charlotte, and the team has released lefty David Purcey and corner infielder Alex Liddi from their minor league deals.

Cleto, 25, has an abundance of velocity but very little command, as evidenced by the 15 batters he walked in just 14 innings for the ChiSox this season. Cleto also hit a batter and uncorked four wild pitches in that small sample of work. In 29 2/3 innings at the big league level, Cleto has a 7.89 ERA.

Purcey, 32, posted a 2.13 ERA with 8.2 K/9 but 6.0 BB/9 in 25 1/3 innings for the Sox in 2013. This season, he’s pitched to a 4.58 ERA with 15 strikeouts against 14 walks in 19 2/3 innings at Triple-A. He’s seen a total of 206 innings in the Majors between the Blue Jays, A’s, Tigers and Sox.

Liddi, a former Mariners farmhand, slashed just .167/.200/.264 in 77 trips to the plate while with Charlotte. The powerful 25-year-old has had a few call-ups to the Majors, but he’s never been able to stick at that level. He owns a career .252/.314/.448 batting line at the Triple-A level.


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