• Full name Matthew Terry Clark
  • Born 12/10/1986 in West Covina, CA
  • Profile Ht.: 6'5" / Wt.: 230 / Bats: L / Throws: R
  • School Louisiana State
  • Debut 09/02/2014
  • Drafted in the 12th round (375th overall) by the San Diego Padres in 2008 (signed for $150,000).
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    First baseman Matt Clark entered super-regional play ranked second in NCAA Division I with 25 homers, but scouts aren't completely sold on him. The son of former big league pitcher Terry Clark (now a pitching coach in the Rangers system), Matt began his college career at UC Santa Barbara before transferring to Riverside CC. He led California juco hitters with 15 homers last spring and was the playoff MVP after carrying Riverside to the championship. He might have gone in the first five rounds of the 2007 draft had he not been committed to Louisiana State, but he fell to the Pirates in the 28th round. Despite his 25 homers, scouts question his ability to hit good fastballs and say he feasts on mistakes. They also wonder where he'll play on the diamond. He's a slow 6-foot-5, 235-pounder who didn't look good at third base with Riverside and is no more than adequate at first base. A team that buys into his lefthanded power could take Clark in the first 7-10 rounds.

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  • Rated Best Power Hitter in the San Diego Padres in 2010

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