Former Crowder pitcher Ethan Clark recently appeared in several national media outlets by name … not for his six shutout innings and nine strikeouts this past Saturday for the Bowling Green Hot Rods.

Former Crowder pitcher Ethan Clark recently appeared in several national media outlets by name … not for his six shutout innings and nine strikeouts this past Saturday for the Bowling Green Hot Rods.
No, the 15th round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2015 MLB Draft has been traded to the Miami Marlins as part of a two-prospect trade for shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria.
The Marlin Maniac liked the trade and liked Clark.
“Clark is exactly the type of prospect the Miami Marlins like to go after,” Michael Napoles wrote on Tuesday. “He possesses the type of high-ceiling, low-floor that Miami likes to gamble on. … He could develop into a rotation starter in a few years. … Clark fits the kind of build the Marlins like in their starting pitchers. He’s tall. Standing at 6 foot 5 inches, and he creates a difficult angle for the batter standing at the plate. He tips the scale at 235 pounds.”
MLB.com and Miami Marlins reporter Joe Frisaro gave a quick evaluation of Clark and Braxton Lee — the other prospect in the trade.
“Rumblings: Ethan Clark, 22, FB 92-96, Projects back end of rotation. Braxton Lee, really, really fast. Table-setter type,” Frisaro wrote.
Clark has been assigned to the Single-A Greensboro Grasshoppers in the South Atlantic League — the league where last season former Crowder players Sam Hilliard and Andrew Schwaab earned all-star honors — but he was placed on the seven-day disabled list on Tuesday.
Hechavarria — a Cuban native — broke into MLB in 2012 with the Toronto Blue Jays and he became a Miami Marlin player in 2013. A stronger defensive player than offensive, Hechavarria does have 31 career triples, highlighted by 10 in 2014.
On the day of the trade, Clark earned the Midwest League pitcher of the week award for his performance Saturday, highlighted by a career-high nine strikeouts.
Clark previously earned POTW honors for the Princeton Rays last season in the Appalachian League.
Fellow former Crowder pitcher Mike Kickham pitches for the Double-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp in the Marlins organization.
On the season, Kickham owns a 4-4 record and a 2.43 ERA, but he’s 4-1 with a 1.27 ERA over his last 10 appearances.

Eller picks up save
LANSING, Mich. — Just three days after Ethan Clark’s standout pitching performance for the Bowling Green Hot Rods against Fort Wayne, fellow former Crowder pitcher and current Single-A Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto) pitcher Connor Eller earned a save against the Hot Rods … but Clark had already been traded from the Tampa Bay organization to the Miami Marlins before Tuesday night’s game.
Eller pitched two scoreless innings for the save, his second for the Lugnuts. He allowed three hits and struck out three and walked none.
Eller improved to 2-2 on the season with a 3.60 ERA and two saves in three opportunities. At Single-A Advanced Dunedin, Eller struggled a little bit with the walks, 18 over his first 19 1/3 innings of the season. Since coming to Lansing, Eller’s walked only two over 10 2/3 innings.
A 22nd round draft pick of the Blue Jays in last year’s MLB Draft, Eller owns six career victories and nine career saves.

Reyes takes strong run support
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Former Crowder and current Single-A Advanced San Jose Giants (San Francisco) pitcher Mark Reyes continued his recent win-loss-win pattern on Monday night against the Stockton Ports (Oakland Athletics).
Reyes allowed four runs on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings, and finished with five strikeouts and four walks … but he received a helpful heapful of run support.
When Reyes left the game in the seventh, in fact, San Jose led 11-4 and the Giants came out 12-4.
Owning a 4-5 mark over his last 10 appearances, Reyes comes out with a 4-9 record and a 5.65 ERA overall this season with 40 strikeouts and 49 walks over 65 1/3 innings.
Reyes owns a 23-25 career mark and a 3.79 career ERA, highlighted by back-to-back nine-win seasons in 2014 and 2015.

Other former Crowder players
Jalen Beeks, Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston): 7-4, 2.84 ERA, 14 games, 14 starts, 79 1/3 innings, 87 strikeouts, 33 walks, stats include Double-A Portland.
Sam Hilliard, Single-A Advanced Lancaster JetHawks (Colorado): .300, 49 runs scored, 84 hits, 11 doubles, five triples, 11 home runs, 55 RBI, 31 walks, 79 strikeouts, 20 stolen bases.
Zach Matson, Single-A Short Season Aberdeen IronBirds (Baltimore): 0-0, 1.59 ERA, three games, no starts, 5 2/3 innings, six strikeouts, no walks.
Andrew Schwaab, Single-A Advanced Tampa Yankees (New York): 4-1, 3.99 ERA, 21 games, no starts, three saves, three save opportunities, 29 1/3 innings, 25 strikeouts, eight walks.