Draft Profile: Trenton Clark

Draft Profile: Trenton Clark

*** With the 2015 First-Year Player Draft fast approaching, we take a closer look at the top prospects in this year's class. *** 

Name: Trenton Clark
Position: OF
School: Richland HS, Texas
Rank on Draft Top 200: 12
DOB: 11/1/1996
Bats: L Throws: L
Height: 6'0" Weight: 200 lbs.
College commitment: Texas Tech

Tools
Future grades on 20-80 scouting scale
30: Well below average
40: Below average
50: Average
60: Above average
70-80: Well above average

Hit: 60
Power: 50
Run: 55
Arm: 45
Field: 55
Overall: 55

Stats
Avg:
.555
AB: 63
2B: 8
HR: 2
RBI: 24
OBP: .696

Scouting report
Clark reinforced his reputation as one of the best prep hitters available with his performance at the 18-and-under Pan American Championship in Mexico in September. He led Team USA to a gold medal by topping the team in nearly every offensive category, hitting .565 with three homers, 20 RBIs and five steals in eight games. Clark has an unusual left-handed swing with a golf-style grip, but he makes repeated hard contact with his short stroke and above-average bat speed. Factor in his considerable strength and he should have at least average power. He also adds value on the bases with his solid speed and keen instincts. While he's not a true burner, Clark has a chance to stay in center field as a pro. Left field would be his likely fallback position and the Texas Tech commit should have enough bat to profile there if needed.

MLB comp: A left-handed hitting A.J. Pollock

Fun fact: Clark set a Team USA 18U single-season record with 24 RBIs over his 12 games with the team last summer. Among them 24 RBIs was what proved to be the game-winning RBI single in Team USA's gold medal-clinching victory over Cuba. Clark's 24 RBIs shattered the previous record of 18, held by Delmon Young and Marcus Littlewood.

He said it: "It's awesome to think about getting drafted and everything, but that's really never been my dream. My dream is to play in the big leagues and I know I'm not there yet. This is just a stepping stone, and it's fun for me and the family and everyone, but I still have a long way to go and a lot of work to do."

They said it: "He's been a great teammte for us and a great leader. All the scouts being there and all the attention he gets, he's never let it be just about him. He doesn't let it be a distraction. So even though he's definitely an alpha wolf on this team, he's still just part of the wolfpack."
-- Richland High School head coach Chuck Wells

Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.