Former Evansville Otter Andrew Clark has become one of a select few to go directly from the Frontier League to the Double-A level.
Clark, a first baseman who was leading the Frontier League in hitting (.421), on-base percentage (.536) and slugging percentage (.816), signed with the New York Yankees and is reporting directly to their Double-A affiliate in Trenton. He is second in the Frontier League in home runs (seven) and fourth in runs batted in (24) in leading the Otters to first place in the East Division.
“It would have been nice to have A.C. a little longer, but it is great to see him get the opportunity to return to organization baseball,” said Evansville manager Andy McCauley in a written statement. “He exemplifies what is great about the Frontier League. We wish him the best of luck with his baseball career.”
Clark attended New Palestine High School and was named Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year. He then starred for the University of Louisville.
He was chosen in the 13th round of the 2010 MLB amateur draft by the Texas Rangers and played three seasons in their organization before being released.
“I am very happy the New York organization has given me the opportunity to chase my dream once again,” stated Clark. “I’m very thankful for the opportunity I got to be a part of the Otters. It was great to meet the coaches and players. They are great guys and I wish them all the best of luck, not just in baseball but in life.”