Ian Clarkin is a 6’2 190-pound left-handed pitcher. The New York Yankees selected him in the first round of the 2013 MLB June amateur draft out of Madison High School in San Diego, California. He was the 33rd pick overall, a compensation pick from the Washington Nationals signing Rafael Soriano as a free agent.
After signing after the draft, he was sent to the Gulf Coast League. He began a string of nagging injuries that had defined his brief career, so far, when he rolled his ankle after just three starts, ending his season.
In 2014, he spent the season with the Charleston RiverDogs where he posted a 3.21 ERA over 16 games (15 starts). The Yankees promoted him to Tampa where he made one successful start before they shut him down as he had reached his innings limit. He finished the season with 75 strikeouts in 75 innings pitched.
Clarkin missed the entire 2015 campaign with elbow inflammation. It was determined that he did not require surgery. After rest and rehab, he was sent to the Arizona Fall League to get in some work and to prove himself healthy, before the start of the 2016 season.
He spent all of 2016 in Tampa, where he was still two years younger than the average player. He threw a career-high 98 innings with an ERA of 3.31. However, he only struck out 72 batters. Once again he was bitten by the injury bug as he required meniscus surgery on his knee, ending his season in July.
Clarkin features a fastball that is in the low 90s. Before his injuries, his curveball was considered a plus pitch. He also throws a changeup, cutter, and is developing a slider. He has the arsenal to be a quality big league pitcher.
Ranked as the Yankees’ 17th best prospect by MLB Pipeline, Clarkin will likely begin the year in Trenton. He will probably have an innings limit of around 120-130, due to his previous totals. Ian will be Rule 5 eligible after the season, along with about 20 other decent prospects. Clarkin will need to stay healthy and have the kind of season that is expected of a first round pick if he is to be protected.