Ian Clarkin

29-Year-Old PitcherP
Arizona Diamondbacks AAA
2024 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Ian Clarkin in 2024. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Diamondbacks in April of 2024.
Gets MiLB deal from Arizona
PArizona Diamondbacks  AAA
April 29, 2024
Clarkin signed a minor-league contract with the Diamondbacks on Sunday.
Clarkin had been pitching as a reliever in the Mexican League, where he apparently caught the attention of the Diamondbacks organization. The 2013 first-round pick will report to Triple-A Reno.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
In his age-21 season, Clarkin pitched a career-high 98 innings after missing the entire 2015 campaign due to an elbow issue. The 21-year-old southpaw performed adequately for High-A Tampa, notching a 3.31 ERA over that span. Clarkin's three-pitch repertoire did not have quite the same swing-and-miss effect at the higher level as he managed just 72 strikeouts, although his control was back to pre-surgery levels. Durability concerns will continue to follow the 6-foot-2, 190 pound hurler, as will doubt on his long-term future in the rotation, but Clarkin should continue his development as a starter at Double-A in 2017. Proving he can build up his arm strength without any further complications will be the ultimate goal for this season -- he has pitched just 178 innings in the minors since being drafted in 2013.
The Yankees had high hopes for their 2013 first-round selection following an encouraging 2014 season, as Clarkin sported a 3.12 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 75 innings between both Low-A and High-A, but the injury bug bit the intriguing prospect and sidelined the 20-year-old for the entire 2015 season. Elbow inflammation, which the lefty was dealing with before being shut down, is always concerning, but he pitched in the Arizona Fall League and it seems as though Clarkin should be good to go in time for the 2016 season. The southpaw has a solid fastball with a decent curveball and changeup as his secondary offerings, and figures to move up through the organizational ranks in 2016. His injury plagued 2015 will likely lead the team to play it safe in terms of his workload, but a major league debut in late 2017 isn't out of the question.
Clarkin is one of the most intriguing arms in the Yankees’ system. A first-round selection in the 2013 draft, he spent most of 2014 at Low-A Charleston, where his numbers were superb. In 70 innings, the 6-foot-2 southpaw posted a 3.21 ERA with a 1.23 WHIP and a 71:22 K:BB ratio. Clarkin’s low-90s fastball is enough for his curveball and changeup to work against hitters in the lower levels, but in 2015 he will need to continue to improve both secondary offerings for his success to continue. However, betting on an athletic lefty with good size and a fastball is never a bad proposition. There are few arms ahead of Clarkin up the ladder in the organization, and the big league rotation is need of reinforcements, which makes a mid-2016 ETA fairly realistic if Clarkin continues to impress.
The Yankees made the 18-year-old Clarkin the 33rd pick in the 2013 draft, and while he appeared in three games for the Yankees' Gulf Coast League squad, the team remains excited about his upside. Clarkin is a 6-foot-2 lefty who throws in the low 90s with good deception, but he can be erratic with his command because of his high-effort delivery. His curve is a plus pitch, and he's working on developing a usable changeup. Clarkin is considered a long-term project, however, and he'll be given plenty of time to develop in a slow ascent through the Yankees' minor league system.
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Agrees to MiLB deal
PSeattle Mariners  AAA
February 3, 2023
Seattle signed Clarkin to a minor-league contract back on Jan. 30.
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Cut loose by San Diego
PFree Agent  AAA
June 2, 2020
The Padres released Clarkin last week, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Signs with Padres
PSan Diego Padres  AAA
March 3, 2020
Clarkin has inked a minor-league deal with the Padres, per Baseball America.
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Clears waivers
PChicago Cubs  AAA
February 1, 2019
Clarking cleared waivers Friday and was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Heads across town again
PChicago Cubs  AAA
January 16, 2019
Clarkin was claimed off waivers by the Cubs from the White Sox on Wednesday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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