Ht: 6’3″ Wt: 225
Acquired: Drafted 9th round in 2014 from Kent State
FutureSox Prospect Rankings
- #25 – 2015 Midseason
- #13 – 2016 Preseason
- #20 – 2016 Midseason
- #24 – 2017 Preseason
- Interview, August 2015
- In-person report with video, May 2017
- VIDEO: Full AB ends in double, 5-7-2017
- All FutureSox articles tagged Brian Clark
- Pitching Prospect of the Month, August/September 2015
- Southern League All Star, Midseason 2016
- Arizona Fall League, 2016
Brian Clark came into the system with some intriguing scouting reports for a 9th round pick. After posting strong results in his rookie campaign with Great Falls in his draft year, he just missed our top 30 in his first offseason. The White Sox obviously liked what they saw as he skipped Class A to go to Advanced-A Winston-Salem, and there he began in the bullpen before starting the transition to the rotation. Despite the role-changing and level-skipping, Clark rewarded the Sox with a strong performance, including a 2.33 ERA and 8.6 K/9, though he did walk a few more than you’d like to see (3.8 BB/9) in his 89 innings. In 2016, despite signs he could succeed as a starter, he worked exclusively out of the bullpen. There he was quite successful in AA, showing excellent control, striking out nearly a batter an inning and sporting a sub-2 ERA. He was promoted to AAA Charlotte (twice in fact) but only pitched in 9 games. He pitched a few innings in the AFL in 2016 as well. Clark spent 2017 in the Charlotte bullpen, where his walk (2.4/9) and K-rates (8.0/9) were good but he did get hit a bit. 2018 saw the lefty move back to AA Birmingham, in a bit of a surprise, where his peripherals were near career bests (3.0 BB/9, 9.4 K/9).
Clark has a 4-seam fastball that runs low 90’s but occasionally into the mid-90s, a 2-seam sinker a few ticks below that, a slider and a change. While Clark has previously stated he’s more comfortable starting, and certainly showed well in that role, the White Sox see him as a reliever long-term. His downhill plane from a relatively high slot induces ground balls at a strong rate. He’s got decent command of his off-speed pitches with the slider being his primary out-pitch, but none of them truly stand out as above average. Upper level hitters remain a key challenge for him. He doesn’t have the splits or the arm/body angle to indicate a LOOGY future. Clark’s stuff is fringy and he’ll need to show excellent command with it to succeed in the majors. Going into his age 26 season, the window is closing for Clark, but it isn’t quite shut yet.
Major League Outlook: Middle/long reliever
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