Mariners Minors: Checking in with the Everett AquaSox

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Matt Clancy (17) getting congratulated for pitching a shutout 8th inning. (Photo Credit: Brian Helberg)

Matt Clancy – RHP

Matt Clancy was the surprise of the night for me. The AquaSox called on Clancy in the 8th inning, and he made an immediate impression on everyone in the press box. He is undersized at 5’11/180, but his arm is electric. Clancy’s fastball consistently sat in the mid-90’s, and topped out at 97 mph. The 21-year-old worked a perfect 8th, but was credited with the loss after allowing the winning run to cross the plate in the bottom of the 9th.

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The Mariners selected Clancy in the 13th round of the 2015 draft out of St. Johns University. He has impressed in his debut season, going 1-2 with a 1.35 ERA and 3 saves across 14 appearances. Clancy has recorded 25 strikeouts, and has issued just 6 free passes in 20 innings pitched.

The Westwood, NJ product reminds a lot of a young Jason Frasor. He is a pocket sized reliever with a live arm. His fastball is already elite, and if he can add a complimentary pitch, I think he could be a big league reliever in the near future. As a college arm, Clancy will be given every opportunity to ascend quickly through the the M’s system.

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