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  • Mets' Ryan Clifford: Flipped to Mets

    Clifford was traded from the Astros to the Mets on Tuesday along with Drew Gilbert in exchange for Justin Verlander, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. The Mets landed quite the haul for Verlander, as Gilbert was the Astros' top prospect and Clifford is much more than a throw-in. Clifford is a bat-first prospect who has played first base, right field and left field while with High-A Asheville. The lefty hitter was given a $1.26 million bonus after Houston selected him in the 11th round of last year's draft. All told, he has slashed .288/.396/.516 with 18 home runs and a 24 percent strikeout rate in 371 plate appearances between Single-A and High-A.
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  • Astros' Ryan Clifford: Quick bump to High-A

    The Astros promoted Clifford from Single-A Fayetteville to High-A Asheville on Tuesday. He went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts in his first game in the South Atlantic League. Clifford, who received $1.26 million -- way over slot -- after the Astros selected him in the 11th round of last year's draft, hit .337 with two home runs, three steals and a 27:25 K:BB in 25 games at Single-A before getting the promotion. A bat-first player, Clifford has seen time at first base, designated hitter, right field and left field. Asheville is an incredibly hitter-friendly home park, but Clifford is now one of the youngest players (turns 20 in July) at High-A, so a strong statistical showing at this level would still be impressive despite the advantageous offensive environment.
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