Left-handed hitter Max Clark (19), the third overall pick in the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft, has signed with the Detroit Tigers.

MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, reported on Monday that Clark has signed a $7.7 million contract with Detroit. Clark was selected by Detroit with the third overall pick in the recent First-Year Player Draft, behind Paul Skinner (Pittsburgh Pirates) and Dylan Crouse (Washington Nationals). The recommended contract for the No. 3 overall pick in this year’s draft is $8.34 million, but Clark signed for less than that. The difference, $640,000, will be used to sign other draft picks.

MLB.com called Clark “the first draft pick of a newly formed Tigers front office that includes president of baseball operations Scott Harris, assistant general manager Rob Metzler, and director of amateur scouting Mark Connor,” and noted that “they took a big gamble in selecting Clark over University of Florida outfielder Wyatt Langford. Langford, who was initially projected to go to Detroit, was selected fourth overall by the Minnesota Twins. “Clark is an elite talent and versatile player,” said Harris, president of baseball operations, “and we are thrilled to have him on our team.” 안전사이트

Clark, who attends Franklin Community High School, is a super prospect in the state of Indiana. As a high school senior this year, he played in 28 games and posted a monster .646 batting average and .808 slugging percentage. He was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the third consecutive season and was labeled as a top pick early on. On MLB.com’s 20-80 scale, which grades a prospect’s talent from a high of 80 to a low of 20 (with an average of 50), Clarke’s on-base percentage and throwing percentage were 70 and 65, respectively. His bat and defense are 60, with local media calling him a five-tool player who can hit, run, and catch.

Meanwhile, Clark was the fastest of the top five picks in the 2023 MLB First-Year Player Draft to sign. The Skins and Cruz, the No. 1-2 overall picks, are expected to sign for $9.72 million and $9 million, respectively.

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