A 21-year-old hurler out of the Dominican Republic, Clase landed with the Texas organization as an unheralded PTBNL in May of 2018. There was nothing in his track record to that point to suggest that he’d be pitching in the majors in the next season.
As it turned out, Clase hit the ground running with his new club, exhibiting newfound control along with a newly lively arm. That impressive combination of improvements put the youngster on an ascendant path and he has only impressed since.
Clase opened the present season at the High-A level, where he was overwhelming. He quickly earned a bump up to Double-A, where he has thrown 37 2/3 innings of 3.35 ERA ball with 9.3 K/9 and 1.9 BB/9. Clase is generating a healthy 61.2% groundball rate and has permitted just one long ball on the year.