Loudoun County, VA (June 9, 2015) – Former Broad Run Spartan and College of Charleston pitcher, Taylor Clarke, was taken by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the first pick of the third round in the MLB draft on Tuesday.
Clarke, a 6-4, 190-pound right-hander, was the 76th overall selection in the draft. Clarke just finished his 2nd season at the College of Charleston after transferring from Towson University, and put together one the best 2-year stretches for a pitcher in school history. As a sophomore, Clarke went 10-4 with a 2.51 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 104 innings pitched to help lead the Cougars to the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament title and NCAA Super Regionals. As a junior he went 13-1 with a 1.73 ERA and 143 strikeouts in 114 innings pitched to lead the Cougars to a consecutive CAA regular-season title and regional appearance.
His production earned him CAA Pitcher of the Year honors, is a USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Semifinalist, and he is currently the highest pick ever to be drafted from the College of Charleston.
Prior to transferring to the College of Charleston, Clarke missed most of his season at Towson University after undergoing Tommy John surgery, a procedure that both Washington Nationals Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmerman endured. At Broad Run, Clarke was the 2011 District Player of the Year, was an All-State First Team Selection, and helped lead the Spartans to a 2011 district championship and school-record 22 wins.