Prospect Report: Doug Clark

Doug Clark has been in the Giants minor league system since 1998 and has been practically stuck at the AA level since 1999, when the Giants AA team was the Shreveport Captain. The team has changed but Clark is still stuck at AA, only with two late-season call-ups to Fresno in 2002 and 2003.

Doug Clark Stats
Year Team Age Lvl G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO AVG OBP SLG
1998 S-K 22 A 59 227 49 76 8 6 3 41 12 32 31 .335 .463
1999 Bak 23 A 118 420 67 137 17 2 11 58 17 59 89 .326 .455
1999 Shv 23 AA 15 50 6 11 3 0 1 6 0 4 9 .220 .340
2000 Shv 24 AA 131 492 68 134 20 7 10 75 12 43 102 .272 .402
2001 Shv 25 AA 123 414 53 114 16 4 6 51 20 45 83 .275 .377
2002 Shv 26 AA 44 138 13 36 6 1 2 13 5 7 19 35 .261 .348 .362
2002 Frs 26 AAA 70 212 24 57 9 1 5 19 3 3 15 52 .269 .330 .392
2003 Nrw 27 AA 113 396 47 119 23 4 4 49 8 5 45 67 .301 .371 .409
2003 Frs 27 AAA 13 21 4 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 .238 .304 .238
2004 Nrw 28 AA 140 537 82 157 23 13 10 71 33 8 44 103 .292 .348 .439
Minor League Totals 826 2907 413 846 125 38 52 383 110 24 308 574 .291 .414

Strengths:

Doug Clark has always had the ability to hit for average. He has a career .291 mark, his most recent effort being a .292 average in AA Norwich this season. He also has decent speed, stealing 110 bases over his minor league career. He didn’t steal many bases at all in 2002 or 2003, garnering only 16 swiped bags through both of those seasons. But he sped up in 2004, stealing 33 bases in only 41 attempts. Clark also hits quite a few triples. He hit 13 in 2004, up from merely four in 2003.

Weaknesses:

The only real weakness in Clark’s game is his lack of power. He never really developed an ability to hit the longball during his career in the minors. While he has reached double-digit HR numbers twice in his career, both of those instances have been merely 10 home runs. He has a career total of 52 home runs in 2907 at-bats, not a very impressive number.

Clark also lacks enough patience to get away with his lack of power. He consistently strikes out about one time in every five at-bats, which is acceptable for a slugger but not for a light hitter such as Clark.

Future:

The question is… is it too late? Clark is a solid hitter but the Giants have plenty of outfielders to spare and at the age of 28 Clark is hardly considered a prospect anymore. If he has a really good season in the minor leagues next year he might get a sniff sometime, but otherwise, don’t expect the Giants to call him up to the majors at all.


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