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MLB Draft Prospect Preview

Updated: Jun 9, 2023

by J.T. Toth

Photo of Max Clark courtesy of Bryan Green of Flickr.com.


The Pittsburgh Pirates own the #1 pick in the 2023 MLB Draft which is scheduled for July 9th-July 11th in Seattle, WA. This draft could be the final piece of GM, Ben Cherington’s puzzle to catapult the Bucs into a yearly contender.


In the next few weeks, Draft 412 will showcase the top prospects coming out in 2023.

Name- Max Clark

Pos-OF (Center Field)

Team- Franklin Community H.S. (IN)

HT/WT- 6’1” 190 lbs.

Born- 12/21/2004

Home– Franklin, IN

Max Clark could be the best prospect to come out of Indiana since P-Bryan Bullington went #1 overall to Pittsburgh in 2002 and could be the best prepster ever. Clark has been rising up draft boards all season long.

Clark plays multiple sports in high school and believes this has helped him to become the elite athlete that he is. Clark has been an elite WR for Franklin and has been scouted by colleges to play football. Clark also played some basketball as an underclassman before concentrating on football and baseball.


As a sophomore in 2021, Clark won the Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year, hitting .450 with 6 HR’s and 30 RBI’s to go along with 31 SB’s while also putting up amazing numbers on the mound (0.84 ERA, 120 K’s in 50 IP).


As a junior, Clark would win the Gatorade Player of the Year once again, and his numbers were even more impressive. Clark hit .577 with 9 HR’s and 32 RBI’s and also walked 31 times.


Clark would go on to play for Team USA who won the gold in the WBSC U-18 World Cup. He entered his senior year as the top high school baseball player entering the draft. Clark has not slowed down a bit during his senior year, and as of 5-18-23, was hitting .655 with 6 HR’s and 30 RBI’s in only 58 at bats.

Clark has elite speed and has been timed at 6.33 in the 60 yard dash which helps him to excel as a center fielder. Out of all the top outfield prospects, Max Clark is the only one who projects as a pure center fielder. He has the speed to be a disruptive force on the base paths and should enjoy the new Major League rules once he arrives at the big show.


His bat has been called a plus-plus by many scouts. A sweet left-handed swing which can produce power to all fields, Clark has a great understanding of the strike zone and seems to never chase a bad pitch. He should project as a .300 type hitter with 20-30 HR’s. There is no glaring weakness in his game. Max Clark can be in that grouping of do it all outfielders and he sort of has the swag of a left-handed Julio Rodriguez of Seattle.


Final Analysis


Max Clark is a special player who will be a future all-star in the majors. We have him right behind Walker Jenkins as the top high school hitter coming out. It would not shock me to see Clark go anywhere from 1-5, but most likely 4-5 range.


Round 1- Top 5/ #5 on Draft 412 big board.


VARSITY STATS

GP AVG PA AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR GS

SO. 25 0.655 106 58 39 38 30 9 3 6 0

JR. 25 0.577 106 71 41 41 32 8 2 9 0

SR. 29 0.45 116 80 34 36 30 3 3 6 0

Total 790.5532820911411592208210



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