OF Denzel Clarke
Hometown: Pickering, Ont.
Height/Weight: 6’ 4” 190 lbs.
Teams: Toronto Mets, Canadian Junior National Team.
Coaches: Chris Kemlo, Greg Hamilton.
Past Teams: Oshawa; Ajax/Pickering Cubs, Rawlings National Scout Team; Yankees Scout Team.
Past coaches: Ken Babcock, John Haywood, Hyung Cho, Ray Fagnant (Boston Red Sox), Dennis Sheehan (Arizona Diamondbacks).
Twitter Handle: dc5_denzy
Most influential person in my baseball life, besides my mother Donna Clarke: “My uncle, Kevin Smellie. (running back 1991 Grey Cup champion Toronto Argonauts).”
Committed to: Cal State Northridge.
Rated: 291st of Perfect Game’s top 500 high schoolers (Jan 31, 2018) in North America, up 45 spots ... Ranked second best high schooler in Canada by Perfect Game ... 50th ranked outfielder in North America by Perfect Game ... Ranked 334th by Perfect Game (11/6/2017).
The Good Genes: Mom competed as Donna Smellie in women’s heptathlon (100-metre hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200-metre race, long jump, javelin throw and 800-metre) at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles finishing 17th in the world at age 19. Her career saw her win Canadian Junior heptahlon, national senior heptathlon champ four times and Donna was a Canadian record-holder in the long jump event. Donna competed in the Commonwealth and won gold at the Francophone Games. Clarke is a past winner of the Harry Jerome athlete of the year award. After starting as a gymnast, Donna joined the Mississauga Track and Field Club. Was inducted into Mississauga Sports Hall of Fame in 2009 ... Donna and Jenice Naylor, mother of Josh and Noah Naylor, are cousins.
Honours: 2017 season ... Top defensive player at the U18 World championships in Thunder Bay ... Perfect Games Pre-season Underclassmen All American Honorable Mention.
2018 season: St. Pete's trip: Singled against the Phillies ... Had two hits against the Toronto Blue Jays at Dunedin: run-scoring triple off Orlando Pascual, who was at class-A Vancouver last year and a single off LHP Brayden Bouchey, a 33rd rounder from Louisiana-Monroe, who pitched at Vancouver last year ... At Toronto Mets workout in Scarborough: Best player. At Athlete Matrix workout: Second best player in building.
2017 season: World Wood Bat in Jupiter: Base hit, RBI, two stolen bases against East Cobb Astros ... Doubled and stole a base against the Dirtbags ... Hit .231 with a double, an RBI, three steals and an .683 OPS ... World 18U at Thunder Bay: Hit .240 with three RBIs, .712 OPS, with 10 walks and 10 strikeouts ... Selection camp: 1-for-20 (.053) four walks, six strikeouts ... April trip: Two hits against the Braves ... Knocked in two runs hitting .214 (6-for-28) with .679 OPS ... St. Petersburg trip: Doubled and drove in three runs against the Tigers ... Was 2-for-10 (.200) with a double and three RBIs.
2016 season: Fall Florida trip ... Run-scoring single facing Jays ... Single, stole second against Astros ... Played in WWBA National Qualifier ... at Perfect Game Park at LakePoint in Cartersville Ga. ... Dominican trip: Hitless (0-for-14) with eight walks, zero strikeouts ...
What they are saying: “Has run a 6.65 60, hopped a fence in full flight never breaking stride at Thunder Bay chasing a foul ball like he was jumping over a ball bucket.”