• Full name Matthew J Clanton
  • Born 04/16/1981 in
  • Profile Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 220 / Bats: S / Throws: R
  • School Orange Coast CC
  • Drafted in the 1st round (38th overall) by the Chicago Cubs in 2002 (signed for $875,000).
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    Clanton was unknown to scouts at the beginning of the season and now ranks as the most attractive of three players at Orange Coast College who should factor into the first 10 rounds. The 6-foot-3 righthander quit baseball as a senior at Fountain Valley High in 2000 and pitched fewer than 40 innings last year, when he was rusty and his velocity peaked at 85 mph. In better shape this year, Clanton's velocity is up to 90-91 mph. He also has a hammer curve and a decent changeup. Some teams see him as high as a sandwich pick, but he profiles better as a third-round pick.

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