CPA alum, Vandy catcher Philip Clarke drafted by Blue Jays in MLB Draft


CPA alum, Vandy catcher Philip Clarke drafted by Blue Jays in MLB Draft

A former Christ Presbyterian Academy baseball star and Vandy SEC tournament hero will get the chance to play in the big leagues.

Former Lion and current sophomore Commodore catcher Philip Clarke was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the ninth round (Pick 267) of the 2019 MLB Draft Tuesday.

“Philip’s just grown a whole lot during the course of the year from a catching standpoint and from a leader standpoint behind the plate,” Commodores coach Tim Corbin said to the Home Page about the CPA alum. “And certainly, his offensive piece has been a big part of our offense.”

Adams is now trying to help the Vanderbilt Commodores contend for another College World Series title.

They’re set to face Duke in the Super Regionals Friday.

If he chooses to sign with the team this summer, he’ll very likely start his career in the minor leagues before making it to Toronto to join the Blue Jays down the road.

He could also opt to stay at Vanderbilt for his junior campaign, negating the selection and leaving him draft-eligible once again in 2020.

“(Philip) is awesome,” Vandy designated hitter/catcher Ty Duvall said in the same article. “He’s extremely consistent in his routine and his approach at the plate, and he’s a guy we all have trust in when he goes up to the plate. We love watching him hit.”

Clarke is one of the many Williamson County players eligible for the MLB Draft this week.

Photo from Vandy Athletics.

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