6'2, 190 pounds
18 years old
San Diego, Calif.
Madison High School
Baseball America: 17
MLB Draft Insider: 41
Minor League Ball: 18
Perfect Game: ?
Scouting Baseball: 30
Clarkin is the player who has been mocked most to the Dodgers. Baseball America was first to do so a few weeks ago. Last week, three separate mocks had the Dodgers selecting Clarkin at No. 18. The more I read up on the kid, the more I like him.
He's a little more polished than the other two high school pitchers I've profiled (Hunter Harvey and Phil Bickford). He has a lower ceiling than the two, but that's not to say Clarkin isn't a quality draft prospect.
Clarkin has a fastball that sits in the 88-92 MPH range and has touched the mid-90s. It plays up a bit from the left side. His best secondary offering is his low-to-mid-70s curveball. It's a big bender with a chance to be a plus pitch. His changeup is a high-70s/low-80s pitch with a little bit of potential.
His delivery looks smooth and clean enough to work long-term. What I notice is his arm slot, which is closer to a true over-the-top than the traditional three-quarters/high three-quarters arm slot from many left-handers.
Not many high schoolers have a legitimate three-pitch repertoire, but Clarkin has just that. If he can refine his control and command, he'll be an intriguing prospect.
Clarkin offers a little projectability, but he's already a solid 190 pounds, so I wouldn't expect his fastball to tick up too much more. A consistent low-90s fastball is probably about the best to expect from him going forward.
He's committed to the University of San Diego, a club that's losing Kris Bryant this year to the draft (a Top 3 pick).
Clarkin is No. 6 on my big board right now and could very well be moved up before Thursday. If the Dodgers land him, I won't be upset.
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