Colton Cleary - Baseball - University of Kentucky Athletics 44


  • height 5-11
  • Weight 185
  • class Senior
  • Previous School Cincinnati


Transfer from Cincinnati who has a ton of experience at the Division I-A level…Staff was very pleased to add him to the roster…Has pitched in different roles throughout his career and will give staff some options…Has a mid-80s fastball and a very good changeup…Understands how to pitch…Will likely be a nice matchup lefty out of the bullpen.

2016 (Cincinnati)

Appeared in eight games for the Bearcats…Posted a 1-1 record with a 3.18 earned run average in 11.1 innings pitched…Struck out eight batters and gave up only four earned runs on the season…Earned a win over Canisius (3/12) after 2.2 innings of work…Pitched 0.1 inning against Kentucky, needing one pitch to record the out… Named to AAC Honor Roll.

2015 (Cincinnati)

Appeared in seven games as a redshirt sophomore…Finished with a 1-0 record in 9.2 innings pitched out of the bullpen…Earned a save in the season opener against Miami (Ohio)…Tossed 3.0 scoreless innings of relief against Toledo (3/15) with two strikeouts… Named to AAC Honor Roll.

2014 (Cincinnati)

Served as the Bearcats’ closer as a redshirt freshman…Appeared in 13 games…Ranked fifth in the American Athletic Conference with five saves on the season…Recorded a 3.40 earned run average in 45.0 innings of work, recording 22 strikeouts and just 10 walks…Made his collegiate debut with 7.0 innings of work from the bullpen against UMass-Lowell on 3/1…Named to AAC Honor Roll.

2013 (Cincinnati)

Redshirted season…Named Big East Conference Honor Roll.

High School

Three-year letterman at Lexington Catholic HS in Lexington, Ky….Coached by Taylor Brooks…Won district championship as a senior in 2012, earning 43rd District Most Valuable Player…Lexington Herald-Leader Second-Team All-City Team and Honorable Mention All-State in 2012…Won district and region title as junior in 2011.


Full name is Colton Troy Cleary…Son of Johnnie and Judy Cleary…Born in Lexington, Ky….Has an older sister, Casey (25), and younger brother, Connor (20)…Casey played softball at Bellarmine University from 2008-12…Connor plays baseball at Coker College…Cousin Michael Collins played football at West Virginia University from 1990-93…Graduated from the University of Cincinnati…Has volunteered with the Reds Urban Youth Academy and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital…Favorite MLB team is the Cincinnati Reds.

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