D-Backs on Deck – Taylor Clarke

HILLSBORO, OR - JUNE 16: The Hillsboro Hops 2015 Photo Day at Ron Tonkin Field in Hillsboro, OR. (Craig Mitchelldyer/Hillsboro Hops)POSITION:

RHP

TEAM:

Mobile BayBears (AA)

ETA:

2018

AGE:

22

Mike Bell, D-Backs Director of Player Development:

“Taylor is going to be a special starting pitcher for us in the Big Leagues and I think he can move quick. Him and Alex Young are going to be right there together. He overmatched the league last year but because of his innings, we are trying to be careful with him. He’s got a winning type of presence is the best I can explain it. Tremendous plane on his fastball, he can cut it glove side or run it in arm side and now with him being extended more into games, he can work on his secondary pitch, his change-up which is already effective.”

2016 STATS:

June/Season (Mobile): 6 starts, 2-4, 37 IP, 4.38 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 25 Ks, 11 BB

Season (Visalia-A+): 4 starts, 1-1, 23 IP, 2.74 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 22 Ks, 7 BB

Season (Kane Country-A): 6 starts, 3-2, 28.2 IP, 2.83 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 24 Ks, 5 BB

2015 STATS:

13 games with Hillsboro (A short), 21 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0.57 WHIP, 27 Ks, 4 BB

Notes:

(Updated 7/5) Well Mike Bell said it before the season that Taylor Clarke could move up quick and it looks to be the case. He has been a man on a mission in 2016. After making six fantastic starts in Kane County, he was called up to Visalia where he continues to look great. He closed out the month of May with a call up to AA Mobile where he has been ever since. It hasn’t always been pretty but what stands out most about Clarke has been his ability to eat innings. He has pitched through six innings in five of his first six starts with the BayBears which will only help his confidence and his development as he continues to run up the organizational ranks.

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