D’backs Reacquire Clark

The Deal
The Diamondbacks reacquired old friend Tony Clark from the Padres in exchange for minor league righthanded reliever Evan Scribner.
The Big Leaguer
Clark, 36, enjoyed his finest post-peak season with the Diamondbacks in 2005, when he batted .304/.366/.636 with 30 home runs and 87 RBIs in 349 at-bats. He grew up in the San Diego area and the Padres signed him as a free agent in the offseason, but the first baseman functioned almost exclusively as a pinch-hitter for the Padres in 2008, getting into the starting lineup just 10 times this season—with nine of those coming at DH. Clark is hitting .239/.374/.307 with one homer and 11 RBIs in 88 at-bats this season. He’s launched 245 career home runs to go with .264/.340/.488 averages in 4,403 at-bats, and for his career the switch-hitter has been slightly better from the left side of the plate, batting .263/.344/.493.
The Prospect
The Diamondbacks drafted Scribner, 23, in the 28th round of the 2007 draft out of Central Connecticut State. He struck out 61 and walked just 14 in 47 innings last year in his pro debut in the Pioneer in Midwest leagues, and has continued to miss bats this season. Pitching for low Class A South Bend and high Class A Visalia, Scribner has gone 2-4, 1.64 with 62 strikeouts, 10 walks and only one home run allowed in 44 innings. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound righthander pitches at 90-91 mph with his fastball and also employs a curveball that batters just don’t pick up, and it’s a pitch that could be a plus offering for him as he moves up the ladder.
Quick Take
The Diamondbacks hope Clark has one more powerful half-season left in him, as they try to resuscitate their middle-of-the-pack offense.

With the Padres being 10 1/2 games back in the standings, a powerful pinch-hitter, like Clark, is a luxury they just didn’t need. Scribner can help high Class A Lake Elsinore, where he was assigned, get back into the California League race this season, and may provide a big league bullpen option down the line.

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