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Taylor Clarke

Taylor Clarke

P | B/T: R/R | 6' 4" 200 | Age: 26
Draft: 2015 (Rd: 3, #76, Arizona Diamondbacks) - College of Charleston
Ashburn, VA USA
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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2019 4 4 5.74 15 14 1 64.1 49 1.48
1 Season 4 4 5.74 15 14 1 64.1 49 1.48
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2019 15 4-4 5.74 64.1 49 1.48
1 Season 15 4-4 5.74 64.1 49 1.48

Standard MLB Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGBFWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2019 ARI NL 288 4 4 5.74 15 14 1 64.1 72 46 41 16 23 49 1.48
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Slider: 50 | Curveball: 45 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 55 | Overall: 45

When the D-backs took Clarke out of the College of Charleston in the third round of the 2015 Draft, they saw a guy who knew how to pitch and compete, one they thought could move quickly up the organizational ladder. He hasn't disappointed, reaching Double-A in his first full season and Triple-A the next year, all while finishing among the system leaders in ERA, strikeouts and wins two seasons in a row. He returned to Triple-A and continued to make progress in 2018, pitching to a 4.02 ERA in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League while tossing a career-high 152 frames. The performance earned Clarke a spot on Arizona's 40-man roster after the season.

Clarke is a well-rounded pitcher who receives high marks for his durability and pitchability. He has a four-pitch arsenal that he fills the strike zone with aggressively, albeit without a true plus offering. He's not a huge strikeout guy, averaging 7.9 K/9 for his career, nor does he get a ton of ground-ball outs. He does, however, have a knack for keeping hitters from barreling up the baseball consistently. Clarke has good command of a fastball that touches 95 mph and typically sits in the low 90s, and his slider serves as his go-to secondary offering. His changeup improved in 2018 and plays nicely off his fastball, and he also can mix in a slower 12-to-6 curveball for strike one on occasion.

The fact that Clarke lacks a plus secondary pitch and doesn't miss a ton of bats gives him a smaller margin for error and thus likely limits his ceiling to that of a back-end starter. He could be a good in that role, though, thanks to his feel for sequencing pitches and inducing weak contact, and he'll enter 2019 on the cusp of the Major Leagues.


Statcast - Pitching

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2019 1172 210 26 12.4 89.9 15.3 .285 .524 .381 .375 .418 41.1 17.0 8.0
ALL 1172 210 26 12.4 89.9 15.3 .285 .524 .381 .375 .418 41.1 17.0 8.0
MLB 38497 6.3 87.5 11.1 .251 .409 .318 .318 .371 34.4 21.6 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
08/17/2019 Arizona Diamondbacks recalled RHP Taylor Clarke from Reno Aces.
08/05/2019 Arizona Diamondbacks optioned RHP Taylor Clarke to Reno Aces.
07/28/2019 Taylor Clarke roster status changed by Arizona Diamondbacks.
07/26/2019 Arizona Diamondbacks placed RHP Taylor Clarke on the paternity list.
07/19/2019 Arizona Diamondbacks activated RHP Taylor Clarke from the 10-day injured list.
07/13/2019 Arizona Diamondbacks sent RHP Taylor Clarke on a rehab assignment to Visalia Rawhide.
07/03/2019 Arizona Diamondbacks placed RHP Taylor Clarke on the 10-day injured list. Lower back inflammation.
05/25/2019 Arizona Diamondbacks recalled RHP Taylor Clarke from Reno Aces.
05/09/2019 Arizona Diamondbacks optioned RHP Taylor Clarke to Reno Aces.
05/07/2019 Arizona Diamondbacks recalled Taylor Clarke from Reno Aces.
04/21/2019 Arizona Diamondbacks optioned RHP Taylor Clarke to Reno Aces.
04/20/2019 Arizona Diamondbacks recalled Taylor Clarke from Reno Aces.
03/12/2019 Arizona Diamondbacks optioned RHP Taylor Clarke to Reno Aces.
11/20/2018 Arizona Diamondbacks selected the contract of Taylor Clarke from Reno Aces.
01/09/2018 Arizona Diamondbacks invited non-roster RHP Taylor Clarke to spring training.
08/01/2017 RHP Taylor Clarke assigned to Reno Aces from Jackson Generals.
07/27/2016 Taylor Clarke assigned to Mobile BayBears from AZL D-backs.
07/20/2016 RHP Taylor Clarke assigned to AZL D-backs from Mobile BayBears.
05/31/2016 RHP Taylor Clarke assigned to Mobile BayBears from Visalia Rawhide.
05/09/2016 RHP Taylor Clarke assigned to Visalia Rawhide from Kane County Cougars.
04/06/2016 RHP Taylor Clarke assigned to Kane County Cougars from Hillsboro Hops.
06/16/2015 RHP Taylor Clarke assigned to Hillsboro Hops.
06/12/2015 Arizona Diamondbacks signed RHP Taylor Clarke.