In his age-21 season, Ian Clarkin pitched a career-high 98 innings after missing the entire 2015 campaign due to an elbow issue. The 21-year-old southpaw performed adequately for High-A Tampa, notching a 3.31 ERA over that span. Clarkin's three-pitch repertoire did not have quite the same swing-and-miss effect at the higher level as he managed just 72 strikeouts, although his control was back to pre-surgery levels. Durability concerns will continue to follow the 6-foot-2, 190 pound hurler, as will doubt on his long-term future in the rotation, but Clarkin should continue his development as a starter at Double-A in 2017. Proving he can build up his arm strength without any further complications will be the ultimate goal for this season -- he has pitched just 178 innings in the minors since being drafted in 2013.
Clarkin has a 3.43 ERA and 32:11 K:BB in 44.2 innings for High-A Tampa. Clarkin missed the 2015 season due to elbow inflammation, but did return to pitch in the Arizona Fall League. He could be promoted to Double-A soon if he continues at this pace, but the Yankees may want to see him stay healthy for a year at the same level.
Clarkin (elbow) will pitch in the Arizona Fall League. The former first round pick had a strong 2014 campaign, but was sidelined for all of 2015 with elbow inflammation. The addition to the AFL roster comes as a bit of a surprise, but is an encouraging development that the 20-year-old will be fully healthy in time for the 2016 season.
Yankees starting pitcher prospect Ian Clarkin was promoted from low Class A Charleston to high Class A Tampa. The 2013 first-round pick (33rd overall) was 3-3 with a 3.21 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 16 outings (15 starts) for Charleston. He had 71 strikeouts, 22 walks and six home runs allowed in 70 innings.
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