• Full name Philip Andrew Clarke
  • Born 03/24/1998 in Atlanta, GA
  • Profile Ht.: 5'11" / Wt.: 190 / Bats: L / Throws: R
  • School Vanderbilt
  • Drafted in the 9th round (267th overall) by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2019 (signed for $500,000).
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    Clarke ranked No. 166 on the BA 500 coming out of high school, with plenty of scouts appreciating his lefthanded swing and power potential. But he was a strong commitment to Vanderbilt and there were plenty of questions about whether he would stick at catcher long term. Clarke didn’t allay those concerns in an impressive freshman season, when he filled the DH role while junior Stephen Scott was the Commodores’ primary catcher. Clarke caught only 13 games that year, but this spring Scott moved back to the outfield and first base while an improved Clarke has been the team’s regular backstop. Clarke is more consistent as a receiver and he’s more durable this season. A below-average receiver in high school, Clarke now is an average receiver. He has a below-average throwing arm, but he has thrown out 37 percent of basestealers in 2019. Clarke’s bat has long been his calling card. His swing can get a little long at times, but he has solid bat speed and power potential, giving him a chance to be an average hitter with average power. If Clarke can catch, he would make a very valuable bat-first catcher. But if he has to move off the position, he’s not ideally suited for first base because he’s only 5-foot-11. Clarke is a draft-eligible sophomore, giving him plenty of leverage this June.

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Career Transactions

  • C Phil Clarke assigned to Buffalo Bisons from New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
  • C Phil Clarke assigned to Buffalo Bisons from New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
  • New Hampshire Fisher Cats activated C Phil Clarke from the 7-day injured list.
  • New Hampshire Fisher Cats placed C Phil Clarke on the 7-day injured list retroactive to April 21, 2023.
  • C Phil Clarke roster status changed by Toronto Blue Jays.
  • Toronto Blue Jays invited non-roster C Phil Clarke to spring training.

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