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Matthew Terry Clark

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The son of Terry Clark, Matt Clark made his pro debut in 2008.

Matt was named the 22nd-best prospect in California by Baseball America out of high school; he hit .418 as a senior. Moving on to Riverside Community College, he hit .350 and slugged .620 with 15 homers and 70 RBI in 2007 to lead his team to a state title. He was named First-Team JUCO All-American. The Pittsburgh Pirates chose him in the 28th rouhnd of the 2007 amateur draft but he did not sign.

As a junior at LSU, Clark hit .344/.447/.789 with 28 home runs and 64 RBI. He tied Gordon Beckham for the most homers in NCAA Division I. He was second in the Southeastern Conference in slugging. In the 2008 College World Series, he hit two home runs in eight at-bats. He lost All-SEC honors at 1B to Justin Smoak.

The San Diego Padres chose Clark in the 12th round of the 2008 amateur draft; the signing scout was David Francia. In his pro debut with the Eugene Emeralds, he hit .279/.384/.443 with 32 RBI in 38 games, second on the club in RBI. His 10 errors tied for the lead among Northwest League first basemen.

Clark split 2009 between the Fort Wayne Wizards (.266/.352/.484, 55 RBI in 64 games) and Lake Elsinore Storm (.292/.367/.524). Overall, he hit 35 doubles and 24 home runs, scored 85 times and drove in 101. He had 134 strikeouts in 502 at-bats but drew 61 walks. He scored 7 runs on June 28, when the Storm beat the High Desert Mavericks, 33-18, as the teams set a California League record for runs. He led Padres farmhand in home runs, RBI and strikeouts. With the 2010 San Antonio Missions, he hit .269/.339/.485 with 28 home runs and 97 RBI. He was second in the Texas League in dingers (one behind Clint Robinson), RBI (one behind Robinson) and total bases (242, 56 behind Robinson) and 7th in hits (134) and slugging. He led the league with 146 strikeouts, 3 ahead of Koby Clemens. He had the most whiffs and RBI of Padres farmhands and tied Cody Decker for the most long balls. He lost All-Star honors at 1B to Johan Limonta, who slugged four points lower but had a better OBP.

With the 2011 Tucson Padres, he batted .292/.363/.498 with 23 HR and 83 RBI. He then joined Team USA for the 2011 Baseball World Cup and 2011 Pan American Games.

[edit] Sources

  • 2009 and 2011 Padres Media Guides
  • 2009-2011 Baseball Almanacs
  • LSU bio
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