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Thursday, June 6, 2013
First-round pick: I cannot stand the Yanks

By Andrew Marchand

Ian Clarkin
Lefty Ian Clarkin was drafted by the Yanks on Thursday. But guess who relished seeing them lose the 2001 World Series to the Diamondbacks?
When lefty Ian Clarkin was drafted with the 33rd and final pick of the first round, MLB Network played a clip in which he relished the Diamondbacks beating the Yankees in the 2001 World Series.

"I cannot stand the Yankees so I was actually in tears I was so happy," Clarkin said.

Being interviewed by Sam Ryan on MLB Network, Clarkin said he now loves the Yankees. Apparently, his dislike of the Yankees was inherited from his father.

The last of the Yankees' three first-round picks, Clarkin is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound high school lefty from San Diego and Keith Law thinks Clarkin could be pretty good:

"Clarkin doesn't do it easy, but he's a good-sized lefty who throws hard and can spin a breaking ball, so even with some serious inconsistency this spring, he's likely to go off the board in the top 50 picks, maybe even late in the first round. Clarkin is typically 90-93, getting on top of the ball well for some downhill plane, and sometimes showing some two-seam tailing action as well. His curveball is hard with tight rotation, 11/5 break, and good depth, now at higher velocity than it was last summer as well. His change is still a show-me offering, which he'll have to improve to remain a starter.

His delivery isn't prototypical, with some effort involved, a very high leg kick followed by a kick-out stride and a stiff landing. The raw material is very strong, so even with some late-season inconsistency he should be among the first few prep lefties drafted."


You can read my take on Clarkin here.