In 2015 The Brewers drafted outfielder Trent Clark in the first round as the 15th overall pick. Clark was considered to be one of the top prospects of the 2015 Draft. Fangraphs ranked Clark as the 7th best player available in the draft and Kile McDaniel, of Fangraphs, labeled Clark ‘the best pure hitter in the draft. Keith Law and Baseball America touted him as the 10th best player coming out of the draft, which gave the Brewers a good opportunity to land Clark at spot 15.
Clark signed his big league contract on June 15 with a bonus of $2.7MM, which was also $7,300 over slot. As a senior at Richland HS in North Richland, Texas Clark hit .552 with three home runs and 24 RBIs and 11 SB’s. Clark also set the Team USA 18U single-season record in the summer of 2015, hitting 24 RBI in 12 games. Clark has been touted as a five tool player with the skill set to eventually replace Ryan Braun.
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Through 43 games in the Brewers Arizona Rookie League Affiliate Clark posted a line of .309/.422/.865 with 1 HR, 16 RBI and 20 SB. While in 12 games with Helena in the Pioneer League Clark posted a line of .310/.431/.381 with 1 HR, 5 RBIs, and 8 SB. Even in 65 games at the Rookie League Level Clark is demonstrating the pure hitting power that so many have touted him as having.
That pure hitting power is evident in his sole home run in the Rookie-Level Arizona League. On July 9th, going up against the AZL Indians Clark hit for the cycle-including his sole home run-driving in five runs, scoring four times, and picking up a stolen base to put the cherry on the top of the sundae.
Clark has demonstrated pure hitting power in Both the Arizona Rookie League and the Pioneer Rookie League, the kind of pure hitting power that Ryan Braun was once touted with, if not better than Braun. Clark is by far the best hitting prospect for the Brewers (in terms of pure hitting power) and that puts in him at #3 on Reviewing the Brew’s Prospect list.