Taylor Clarke

Taylor Clarke

31-Year-Old PitcherRP
Milwaukee Brewers
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Clarke posted a 5.95 ERA and 1.61 WHIP over 59 innings out of Kansas City's bullpen in 2023. The 30-year-old right-hander tallied three saves and a career-high 12 holds for the Royals, but he had just as many home runs allowed (12) for a poor 1.9 HR/9 that was 6th-worst among qualified relievers. The 2015 third-rounder's 13.2 barrel percentage was highest among relief pitchers, though he did boast a career-best 24.5 percent strikeout rate after making his slider his primary offering (37 percent pitch usage). Clarke was recently traded to Milwaukee, where he figures to operate in middle relief for the 2024 season. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed a one-year, $1.25 million contract with the Royals in November of 2023. Traded to the Brewers in December of 2023.
Activated, optioned to Nashville
PMilwaukee Brewers  AAA
May 15, 2024
The Brewers reinstated Clarke (knee) from the 15-day injured list Wednesday and optioned him to Triple-A Nashville, Curt Hogg of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
ANALYSIS
Clarke has been sidelined all season after undergoing surgery in late March to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. The 31-year-old right-hander pitched one inning and gave up a home run during his lone rehab outing, and he'll officially remain in the minors now that he's recovered. Clarke owns a 5.03 ERA and 1.40 WHIP across his MLB career, though he may still be promoted from Nashville later this season should Milwaukee run into further issues with its pitching depth.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-21%
BAA vs RHP
2024
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-34%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-6%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2022vs Left .321 213 49 17 61 12 2 10
Since 2022vs Right .254 256 64 15 60 9 1 8
2024vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2024vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2023vs Left .368 131 32 13 42 8 1 7
2023vs Right .242 135 33 11 29 3 0 5
2022vs Left .250 82 17 4 19 4 1 3
2022vs Right .267 121 31 4 31 6 1 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
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-9%
ERA on Road
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-21%
ERA at Home
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-48%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2022Home 5.33 1.50 54.0 2 1 3 9.2 2.7 1.2
Since 2022Away 4.83 1.33 54.0 4 6 3 9.7 2.7 1.8
2024Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2024Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2023Home 5.28 1.66 30.2 1 1 2 10.3 3.2 1.2
2023Away 6.67 1.55 28.1 2 5 1 9.5 4.1 2.5
2022Home 5.40 1.29 23.1 1 0 1 7.7 1.9 1.2
2022Away 2.81 1.09 25.2 2 1 2 9.8 1.1 1.1
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Possible trade piece?
PKansas City Royals  AAA
August 1, 2023
According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, the Royals have received interest on the trade market for Clarke.
ANALYSIS
Clarke has 10 holds this season while often seeing high-leverage work for Kansas City, but his 6.00 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 49:19 K:BB is underwhelming, at best. The right-hander's 4.56 xERA paints a better picture, and he is coming off a solid campaign as he posted a 4.04 ERA last year. Still, he's hardly a prime trade target and is unlikely to command a notable return.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Clarke broke through to the major leagues in 2019 and worked primarily as a starter. He posted a 5.31 ERA, buried by allowing 2.4 HR/9 across 84.2 innings. In 2020, his role changed thanks to the addition of Madison Bumgarner as he began the season in middle and long relief. He posted a passable 3.54 ERA, as a reliever, though his skills were far from spectacular, as he mustered only a 17:10 K:BB across 20.1 innings. Things only worsened once he was pushed back into the starting rotation after Bumgarner and Merrill Kelly landed on the injured list, as he logged a 5.09 ERA and 23:11 K:BB. Whether a starter or reliever, Clarke has been prone to the long ball, logging a 2.2 HR/9 across 128 total innings in the big leagues. Heading into 2021, Clarke projects to start the season as a long reliever and potential swing man.
Clarke worked in a swing role for Arizona last year with mixed results. He lacks one plus pitch, but has a full bag of pitches he slings toward the plate to keep hitters off-balance and guessing. The troubles arise when he falls behind in the count as 22 of his 23 home runs came when the batter was even or ahead in the count. The league hit .194 against him when Clarke held the high ground, .206 when the hitter held the high ground, but a whopping .356 when the count was even. That speaks to an issue with pitch execution. He has the stuff and profile to be a solid fourth starter if it all comes together, but he does not have the stuff to get away with mistakes and was harshly reminded of that in 2019. He could be a Ryan Yarbrough with a delivery adjustment.
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Ready for rehab assignment
PMilwaukee Brewers  AAA
Knee
May 12, 2024
Clarke (knee) will begin a rehab assignment Sunday with Triple-A Nashville, Curt Hogg of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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Hoping for late-May return
PMilwaukee Brewers  AAA
Knee
April 10, 2024
Brewers general manager Matt Arnold said Wednesday that Clarke (knee) should return by late May, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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Undergoes surgery
PMilwaukee Brewers  AAA
Knee
March 30, 2024
Clarke underwent surgery Saturday to repair the meniscus damage in his right knee, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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Goes on IL with meniscus tear
PMilwaukee Brewers  AAA
Knee
March 28, 2024
The Brewers placed Clarke (knee) on the 15-day injured list Thursday with a right meniscus tear.
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Dealing with knee issue
PMilwaukee Brewers  AAA
Knee
March 23, 2024
Manager Pat Murphy said Saturday that Clarke (knee) underwent imaging earlier in the week, Curt Hogg of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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