Those that had questioned whether he is ready for the jump to San Antonio have been silenced by his terrific spring.
Clark is expected to make the jump up to Double-A this season. He, along with Kyle Blanks, may be the only two players who aren't as adversely affected by the constant wind blowing in at Nelson Wolff Stadium – the Missions home park.
This is something that will be watched closely by the opposition. If it happens during the season, expect the opposing team to call it out and umpires to keep a wary eye to see if the foot remains rooted on the bag as they catch it.
No one questions his defensive skills but his offense remains the weakest link. He got stronger again this offseason and will have to prove his bat is for real in extended. It would not surprise to see him get a chance sometime this year in the Midwest League.
Once Ibarra shows a mastery of the new arm slot and a comfort with repeating his mechanics, he should make his way to Fort Wayne.
- Jaff Decker continues to work his way back from a hamstring injury.
- Cory Luebke has a strained oblique.
- Adam Zornes also has a hamstring injury that will keep him out to begin the year.
- Jackson Quezada is still rounding into game form. He is healthy but the Padres want to see him work in back-to-back games before making him eligible to play.
- Matt Jackson came up with a sore elbow in a spring training start.
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