The Padres’ talented Minor League system just took a big hit.
First base prospect Matt Clark is leaving the Padres organization and taking his talents to the Pacific Rim.
The 26-year-old Clark has elected to play the 2013 season in Japan with the Chunichi Dragons of the Nipon Professional Baseball League.
Best of luck to @matttclark23 who will play for the Chunichi Dragons in Japan next season. Clark hit 45 home runs in Tucson from 2011-2012.
— TucsonPadres (@TucsonPadres) January 5, 2013
Last year with Triple-A Tucson, Clark played in 121games and compiled a .290 batting average with with 22 home runs and 77 RBIs.
The left-handed slugger was selected in the 12th round of the 2008 draft.
Obviously, I can’t speak for Clark but he was on a long list of Padres first baseman, so cracking the Big Leagues with the Padres looked bleak.
We at Chicken Friars wish Clark nothing but the best!