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Max Clark was widely considered one of five elite real-life prospects at the top of last year's draft, but after everyone's pro debuts, he isn't an elite first-year player draft target in dynasty leagues relative to the other four prospects in that consensus top five. A 70-grade runner with elite defensive tools and a hit tool that got 70-grade projections by some scouts when he was an amateur, Clark's power is his one tool that lags behind. He slashed .224/.383/.377 with two home runs, five steals, a 19.6 percent walk rate and a 23.4 percent strikeout rate in 23 games split evenly between the Florida Complex League and Single-A. Meanwhile, the two outfielders selected directly behind him, Wyatt Langford and Walker Jenkins put up video game numbers at every level they played at. There's nothing overly concerning about Clark's plate discipline, but it's still to be determined how much of an impact he'll make and whether he will hit for a very high average or just post high OBPs via a selective approach. Clark figures to have a long, productive big-league career, but he probably needs to be a speed maven to turn into a fantasy difference maker.

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  • Tigers' Max Clark: Patience, speed for Flying Tigers

    Clark is hitting .250 with a .362 OBP, one home run and eight steals in 28 games for Single-A Lakeland. Clark's command of the zone has been as advertised (17.7 K%, 15.4 BB%), but a power breakout has yet to take place. Given his strong hit tool, 70-grade speed and excellent outfield defense, Clark is a safe bet to get to the majors and play regularly, but he may be only a 10-to-15 homer threat at the highest level.
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