Matt Clark (baseball)
Clark with the Chunichi Dragons
|Acereros de Monclova – No. 15|
December 10, 1986 |
West Covina, California
|NPB: 2013, for the Chunichi Dragons|
|MLB: September 2, 2014, for the Milwaukee Brewers|
(through 2015 season)
|Runs batted in||7|
(through 2016 season)
|Runs batted in||74|
|Representing United States|
|Pan American Games|
|2011 Guadalajara||National team|
Matthew Terry "Matt" Clark (born December 10, 1986) is an American professional baseball first baseman who currently plays for the Acereros de Monclova of Mexican Baseball League (LMB). He has played for the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Chunichi Dragons (NPB). Prior to beginning his professional career, he played college baseball at UC Santa Barbara and Louisiana State University. Clark has also competed for the United States national baseball team.
Clark attended Etiwanda High School in Rancho Cucamonga, California. It was announced on November 18, 2004 that Clark had signed with the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos baseball team and enrolled at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Clark played in 44 games as a true freshman and hit 2 home runs for the Gauchos. He left Santa Barbara after his freshman year and continued his collegiate career at Riverside Community College, where he was named a Junior college First-Team All-American in 2007. Clark was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 28th round (848th overall) of the 2007 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft, but did not sign.
Clark transferred to Louisiana State University (LSU), where he played for the LSU Tigers baseball team in the Southeastern Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division I in 2008. As a junior, his 28 home runs tied Gordon Beckham for most in NCAA's Division I.
The San Diego Padres selected Clark in the 12th round (375th overall) of the 2008 MLB Draft, and Clark signed with the Padres. He began his professional career with the Eugene Emeralds of the Class-A Short Season Northwest League in 2008. In 2009, he played for the Fort Wayne TinCaps of the Class-A Midwest League and the Lake Elsinore Storm of the Class-A Advanced California League. He finished the 2009 season with had 101 runs batted in (RBI) at Fort Wayne and Lake Elsinore, one of fifteen minor league baseball players to have at least 100 RBI that season. He played for the San Antonio Missions of the Class-AA Texas League in 2010 and the Tucson Padres of the Class-AAA Pacific Coast League in 2011. The Padres invited Clark to spring training in 2012.
Clark was called up to the Brewers MLB roster in September 2014. He hit his first RBI then later hit his first home Major League home run on September 10, 2014 at home against the Miami Marlins. The home run extended the Brewers' lead over the Marlins to 3-1 in the bottom of the 7th inning in a game with potential playoff implications.
Clark signed a minor league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers on July 4, 2014. He was called up to the majors on September 2.
Clark signed a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs with an invite to spring training for the 2016 season. He was released in March.
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- "2006 UC Santa Barbara Baseball". UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. May 28, 2006. Retrieved September 16, 2014.
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- Matt Clark Bio - LSUsports.net - The Official Web Site of LSU Tigers Athletics
- Scout.com: Padres Prospect Interview: Matt Clark
- Emrich, Robert (October 26, 2011). "Van Ostrand, Canada take Pan Am gold | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
- "Buffloes Finalize Deal with Former Dragon, Clark". Japan Times. 12 May 2016. Retrieved 27 June 2016.