Ian Clarkin

Born: 02/14/1995 (Age: 23)
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Arm Slot: High 3/4
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 190
Primary Position: LHSP
Seconday Position: -
Acquisition Period: 1st Rd., (#33 overall), 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft (NYY)
Entry Point: High School
Report Info
Evaluator:
Report Date: April 21st, 2016
Dates Seen: 4/8/16
Level: High A
Affiliate: Tampa Yankees
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Physical Description
Clark features a rather thin and wiry frame. Moving forward, his average, athletic build suggests minimal added growth as he reaches physical maturity.
Mechanical Notes
Clarkin delivers the ball from a high-3/4 arm slot, with clean arm action and solid-average arm speed through the release point. There is minimal effort in Clarkin's delivery and a fair amount of deception, thanks to a high leg kick and late exposure of the ball. His arm slot generates natural downward plane to the plate. That, coupled with Clarkin's willingness to consistently attack the lower third of the strike zone, yielded a copious amount of weak contact and ground balls throughout the outing. Clarkin works slowly and he struggled to hold runners, delivering the ball to the plate in a below-average 1.42-to-1.50 range.
MLB ETA Future Floor Future Ceiling Realistic Role Risk
2018 45 55 Role 40: Back-end starting pitcher High
Pitch Present Future Sitting Max Comments
Fastball
Fastball 55 60 90-93 94 Clarkin featured exceptional velocity for a southpaw, as his fastball sat 90-to-93 mph (T 94). Fastball showed decent arm-side run and heavy sinking action when he pounded the ball in the lower third of the strike zone.
Clarkin featured exceptional velocity for a southpaw, as his fastball sat 90-to-93 mph (T 94). Fastball showed decent arm-side run and heavy sinking action when he pounded the ball in the lower third of the strike zone.
Curveball
Curveball 50 55 74-76 77 Sits 74-to-77 mph and it featured big 1-to-7 shape with tight rotation at its best. He navigated the offering exceptionally well, utilizing it for a strike within the zone, and as a put-away chase pitch to both sides of the plate.
Sits 74-to-77 mph and it featured big 1-to-7 shape with tight rotation at its best. He navigated the offering exceptionally well, utilizing it for a strike within the zone, and as a put-away chase pitch to both sides of the plate.
ChangeUp
ChangeUp 45 50 84-85 86 Clarkin flashed a promising mid-80s changeup that featured steep tumbling action and solid fade at its best. Thanks to his ability to maintain his arm speed, the deceptive offering challenged right-handed batters, both missing bats and generating weak contact.
Clarkin flashed a promising mid-80s changeup that featured steep tumbling action and solid fade at its best. Thanks to his ability to maintain his arm speed, the deceptive offering challenged right-handed batters, both missing bats and generating weak contact.
Overall Summary
Clarkin features a solid three-pitch repertoire and an advanced feel for pitching. He showed the ability to move the ball around well, attacking all four quadrants, while keeping batters honest inside. He mixed his pitches well, and avoided predictable patterns to keep the opposition off balance and guessing. While the profile features adequate control, the command is fringy at present time. Continued pro instruction and repetition should yield average command in due time. Clarkin's ability to keep the ball on the ground and in the yard, and his left-handedness make him one to keep an eye on, should he conquer his biggest hurdle -- the ability to stay healthy. Should that happen, there's plenty of reason to realistically project a solid back of the rotation starting pitcher.