Matt Clark looked to be a lock to make the 25-man roster coming out of spring training. He seemed to be a logical choice for a promotion when the team was looking for offense early in the season and he again looked like a legitimate candidate for a call-up as the AAA season ended. But as the Milwaukee Brewers have announced their September call-ups, his name again has been left off the list. Here is a look at why him not being promoted is a shock.
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This season in Colorado Springs, the 28-year-old slugging first baseman smashed 20 home runs while putting together an OPS over a .844 as he was the team’s offensive leader. In his seven minor league seasons, he has hit 20 or more home runs six times and he has compiled an OPS of .862. Though there isn’t much playing time available at the position on the roster, a call-up still appeared likely for a guy who hammered the ball all year and had success last season in his limited time in the major leagues.
At 28-years-old and soon to be 29, this appears to be the beginning of the end for Clark in a Brewers’ uniform. With plenty of roster moves ahead on the 40-man roster, I expect that the next move with Clark will be his removal from the roster. Clark who had another promising season looks like he will soon join players like Mat Gamel, Taylor Green and Hunter Morris, who had high expectations at the position but failed to have a major league impact.