Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 215
Acquired: Received from New York Yankees in the Tommy Kahnle/David Robertson/Todd Frazier trade 7/19/2017
FutureSox Prospect Rankings
- #22 – 2017 Midseason
- #23 – 2018 Preseason
- #15 Prospect in the South Atlantic League, 2014 (Baseball America)
Clarkin was selected 33rd overall by the New York Yankees in the 2013 draft, one selection behind prodigious slugger Aaron Judge. The San Diego prep pitcher’s career has been plagued by injuries: an ankle that cut his 2013 season short, lingering elbow problems that cost him his entire 2015 campaign, and a torn meniscus in his knee that ended his 2016 season in July. Clarkin pitched well in A+ Tampa in 2017, posting a 2.62 ERA as a starter, with 58 strikeouts to 25 walks over 75.2 innings. He made just three starts for Winston-Salem after the trade, but completed his first healthy professional season. In 2018, Ian struggled through 9 starts for AA Birmingham (6.29 ERA, 24:21 BB:K) before adding yet another injury to his resume (tweaked groin this time) and hitting the DL. He did 3 rehab games in AZL, then was assigned back down to Winston-Salem in mid-July.
Clarkin has three pitches that he commands and project as at least average offerings. According to MLB Pipeline, his fastball has gained velocity, sitting 90-93 MPH, and topping out at 95 with some sink. His most consistent off-speed pitch is a curveball with lots of break to it. In addition to the curve, Clarkin features a change-up and a developing slider that he just started throwing last year. In a system stocked full of righty starters, the southpaw Clarkin is a nice addition to an already deep crop of starting pitching talent. He lacks the pure upside of some of the other arms the White Sox have acquired, but his draft pedigree and relatively fresh arm makes him someone to watch as he accumulates innings. Unfortunately he continues to be hindered by various maladies that have slowed his development.
Major League Outlook: Back of the rotation starter or middle reliever
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