Via Bill Gluvna’s Washington Nationals minor league report – an update on former Yankee Tyler Clippard:
Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs
International League North Division
20-22, 4th Place , 8.0 Games Back
TYLER MADE: In 14 relief appearances, RHP Tyler Clippard is 3-0 with a 1.38 ERA and a .169 batting average against…Clippard hasn’t allowed a hit since May 14 at Norfolk (Orioles), or in his last 6.0 innings (4 appearances)…the 24-year-old has worked more than 1.0 inning in 11 of his 14 appearances…he made 2 spot starts with the Nationals last season, going 1-1 with a 4.04 ERA…Clippard was acquired from the Yankees in exchange for RHP Jonathan Albaladejo, December 5, 2007.
I recently read, in a print edition of Baseball America, a feature on Roy Silver that contained the following on Clippard:
[Roy] Silver, 46, runs a baseball academy called The Winning Inning at Jack Russell Stadium, where the Phillies trained from 1955-2003.
[Josh] Hamilton is the most high-profile case, but Silver has helped countless kids in the Tampa Bay area, including Nationals pitching prospect Tyler Clippard. Clippard drew considerable attention entering his senior year at Mitchell High in nearby Trinity, in 2003. But a drunken-driving arrest early in the baseball season almost derailed his budding career until his father brought him to Silver.
“My world came tumbling down because baseball was my life,” Clippard said. “I was like a lost puppy and Roy led me in the right direction. I got a head start on professional baseball my senior year in high school because I go to this guy who teaches me things I’m still using today as far as mechanics. And he made a bunch of calls to scouts on my behalf.
“And the most important thing, outside of the baseball knowledge that he has, is that he gets you to look beyond what’s happened to you and gets you to look at the bigger picture. Him getting me to look at those things at 18 had a huge impact on me being successful after I was drafted.”
Clippard was drafted in the ninth round by the Yankees and reached the big leagues in 2007. He’s currently pitching in relief for the Nationals’ Triple-A affiliate in Syracuse.
When I read that, I thought of Clippard’s MySpace page, when he first came up with the Yankees, where he had a picture of himself drinking and partying…
…and, it made me wonder if some off-the-field stuff was part of the reason why the Yankees were so quick to move him…
Jonathan Albaladejo has not impressed me, as a pitcher, for the Yankees. It will be interesting to see where Tyler Clippard ends up now that he’s pitching out of the pen too…and if the Yankees made the right move by flipping the kid for Albaladejo.