• Full name Samuel Thomas Hunter Clay
  • Born 06/21/1993 in Knoxville, TN
  • Profile Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 238 / Bats: L / Throws: L
  • School Georgia Tech
  • Debut 04/07/2021
  • Drafted in the 4th round (110th overall) by the Minnesota Twins in 2014 (signed for $400,000).
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    Clay was a significant recruit for Georgia Tech but a bit raw to start as a freshman after a prep career that included playing quarterback for Georgia prep football power Buford High. He pitched just 23 innings as a freshman before stepping into a larger role this season under new pitching coach Jason Howell, who improved his delivery and got him throwing more strikes. His command remains below-average, but he shined in a relief role this spring, at times pitching three or more innings and leading the Yellow Jackets with seven saves. Hitters rarely square up Clay, who had allowed only one extra-base hit entering the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. Most often he'll sit around 89-93 mph with a hard slider in the mid-80s, but at other times he's truly electric, pitching at 93-95 mph with depth to his slider. In longer outings he also throws a curveball and changeup, but mostly he attacks hitters with two power pitches. A draft-eligible sophomore who turns 21 two weeks after the draft, Clay could move into the rotation as a pro, if only to get the 6-foot-3, 205-pounder more innings.

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Career Transactions

  • Olmecas de Tabasco activated LHP Sam Clay.
  • Olmecas de Tabasco signed free agent LHP Sam Clay.
  • LHP Sam Clay assigned to Toledo Mud Hens from FCL Tigers.
  • LHP Sam Clay assigned to Toledo Mud Hens from FCL Tigers.
  • Detroit Tigers signed free agent LHP Sam Clay to a minor league contract.
  • LHP Sam Clay assigned to FCL Tigers.
  • Reno Aces released LHP Sam Clay.

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