In addition to Kyle Gibson, three other local players are making their way in professional baseball:
The New Palestine graduate retired in April of 2012, but has since returned to pro baseball. In 2013, Clark split time between the Evansville Otters of the Frontier League and the Trenton (N.J.) Thunder, the New York Yankees’ Double-A affiliate. Clark hit .425 in 25 games with Evansville before moving on to Trenton, where he hit .277 in 39 games. Clark was drafted three times, but signed with the Texas Rangers after being taken in the 13th round of the 2010 draft. Clark is working on new deal with another major-league organization for the 2014 season.
Clark, 26, told the Daily Reporter his goals for 2014: “Have a full season with no injuries, hit over .300 (with) 20-plus home runs and drive in over 100 runs. If I can stay healthy and keep my shoulder good than it can definitely be accomplished. I’ve been rehabbing my shoulder. I had surgery about four months ago just to clean it up and it’s doing a lot better, so hopefully I can throw like the old high school days.”
Moore, a 2009 Mt. Vernon graduate who was a 28th-round selection of the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2013 draft out of Lee University (Tenn.), spent his first pro season with the Brewers’ rookie league team in Phoenix, Ariz., and the Brevard County Manatees, a Class A advanced team in Melbourne, Fla. Between the two spots, Moore appeared in 16 games and pitched 29 and a third innings, recording an ERA of 5.52 with 15 strikeouts.
Moore, 23, on where he could be placed in the Brewers’ system: “My goal is to just have a great spring training so they have no choice but to at the very least send me back to advanced (Class) A.”
Fox, a Greenfield native and Cathedral graduate, last played in the majors with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2011. In 2013, Fox played with the Somerset (N.J.) Patriots of the independent Atlantic League and was named Player of the Year after leading the league with 25 home runs and 82 RBI. Fox was signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks in August and assigned to the Triple-A Reno (Nev.) Aces. The 31-year-old Fox appeared in 15 games for Reno, and most recently played for Caneros de Los Mochis of the Mexican Pacific League. Fox was a third-round pick of the Cubs in 2003.
Fox, 31, said that he’s likely to play the upcoming season for Vaqueros Laguna, a Mexican League squad based in Torreón, Coahuila, which is located in central Mexico: “I’ve got a few offers here in the States and a few more overseas, but they are probably the front runner right now.”