Baltimore Orioles' Prospect, SS Chris Clare Off to Great Start for Delmarva Shorebirds

Don't look now, but there is a shortstop prospect in the Baltimore Orioles' system not named Ryan Mountcastle that is swinging a hot stick, Chris Clare. The 22-year old is off to a great start for the Low-A Delmarva Shorebirds in 2017.

SS Chris Clare in 2016 on Ironbirds' Opening Day
Photo: Patrick Cavey




Clare, the O's 21st round draft choice in the 2016 MLB Draft last June out of High Point University, has a respectable debut campaign with the Short-season A Aberdeen Ironbirds last season.

Over 47 games, the shortstop hit .242 with seven doubles, two home runs, 14 RBI and scored 20 runs to go along with a .344 on base percentage.

Defensively, Clare posted a .930 fielding percentage and a 3.56 range factor during his time at shortstop (41 games, 157 total chances). He also played five games at third base.

This season, Clare opens the year with the Shorebirds, who have some quality middle infielders. Clare has already played multiple games at short, second base and third base over the team's first 14 games. Eight of Clare's 13 games have come at shortstop however.

Over those eight games at short, Clare has committed just one error and owns a .971 fielding percentage to go along with a 4.13 range factor.

He's been solid defensively, but his bat has done more of the talking in 2017.

Over 13 games, Clare is hitting .340 with two doubles, one triple, 12 RBI and has scored 12 runs. He also owns a .429 OBP and a .854 OPS. Clare's 12 runs are tied for fifth in the entire South Atlantic League, while his 12 RBI are tied for fourth.

He is currently riding a four-game hitting streak where he is hitting .667 (10-15) with four RBI and seven runs scored.

It's a small sample size, but it's very encouraging to see Clare's bat where it is at this point in his professional career. What's even more encouraging is the fact that he is not afraid to take a walk, which is evident by the fact that his career OBP is 99 points higher than his batting average, which shows he finds a way to get on base.

Keep an eye out on Clare, who could begin to become a well-known prospect in the Orioles' system if his bat and glove continue to perform the way they have thus far.

                                                                                                                                                       
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