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Sam Clay

#17 | LHP | TwinsMIN
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Sam Clay
Name: Samuel Thomas Hunter Clay
Born: Jun 21, 1993 in Buford, Ga. USA
High School: Buford (Ga.) HS
College: Georgia Tech
Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 190 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: L
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Drafted in the 4th round (110th overall) by the Minnesota Twins in 2014 (signed for $400,000)
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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