09 Dec 2021 | 06:46 | Baseball
NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—CSUN Baseball’s junior outfielder Denzel Clarke has been invited to participate in the inaugural Major League Baseball Draft Combine at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. Clarke will take part in performance tests and drills from June 24-26 at the event.
“I’m super excited and honored to receive this invite,” said Clarke. “I’m looking forward to going out and showing out, while representing myself and everyone who’s been a part of my progress up until this point to the best of my ability.”
Over 100 draft-eligible players were invited to attend the MLB Combine held from June 20-28. The inaugural MLB Combine will feature top high school and college baseball prospects who are eligible for the 2021 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Players will have the opportunity to participate in a series of medical and performance assessments as well as educational programming designed to prepare them for a career in professional baseball.
Clarke earned All-Big West Second Team honors and was named Tri-Defensive Player of the Year this past season for the Matadors. He started in 38 games in center field and batted .324 with a career-high 46 hits, 30 runs, 26 walks, 25 RBI, 11 doubles and eight home runs. He ranked fourth in the Big West in stolen bases (15), seventh in slugging percentage (.570), eighth in home runs and on-base percentage (.445) and ninth in walks.
In three seasons with the Matadors, Clarke is a career .298 hitter with 97 hits, 67 runs, 53 RBI and 16 home runs in 108 games. He is also 32-for-38 in career stolen base attempts while he holds a .979 fielding percentage.
Originally from Pickering, Ontario, Clarke was listed 119 on MLB’s Draft Prospect Rankings earlier this month. He was previously listed No. 82 on D1Baseball’s Top 100 Draft prospect list this past December.
The 2021 MLB Draft First-Year Player Draft is set for July 11-13 in Denver Colo. The event will be held in conjunction with the 2021 MLB All-Star Game on July 13.