Jan 13, 2015

Two Time Brief Mets Reserve Outfielder: Brady Clark (2002/2008)

Brady William Clark was born April 18th, 1973 in Portland Oregon. The six foot, two inch right handed outfielder attended San Diego State University where he was a West Coast Conference All Star in 1995. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds as an amateur free agent in 1996. Two years later he was the Southern league's MVP batting .326 with 17 HRs & 75 RBIs. He followed up batting .304 with 16 HRs & 69 RBIs in 2000.

After a brief cup of coffee in 2000 he played in 89 games for the Reds in 2001 hitting 6 HRs while batting .264. In September of 2002 he was traded to the New York Mets along with Pedro Feliciano in exchange for Sean Estes. He debuted on September 11th with the Mets scoring a run as a pinch runeer in Atlanta in a 8-5 loss to the Braves.

The next day he doubled in Montreal as a pinch hitter driving in Rey Ordonez in the Mets 5-2 win over the Expos. Clark went 2-6 as a pinch hitter before getting two starts at the end of the season. Overall he batted .417 (5-12) with three runs scored & one RBI in ten games with the 2002 Mets. At the end of the season the Mets placed him on waivers where he was picked up by the Milwaukee Brewers.

Clark would play four seasons as a regular outfielder in Milwaukee, batting a career high .306 in 2005 with 183 hits (7th in the NL) posting a .372 on base %. He walked 47 times & was hit by 18 pitches (3rd most in the NL). He also hit 13 HRs with 31 doubles while driving in 53 runs & stealing ten bases. That season Clark led all NL centerfielders in fielding (.995%) put outs (399) playing in 145 games at the position.

The prior season he had batted a respectable .280 with another good on base % (.385%) hitting seven HRs & 18 doubles with 46 RBIs. In Spring Training 2007 he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Elmer Dessens but hit just .224 in 47 games & was released. He finished out the year with the San Diego Padres batting .306 in 21 games.

In 2008 he signed with the New York Mets again as a free agent. He made the club out of spring training but only got two hits in eight at bats (.250) & after seven games was sent back down to the minors. He played just six games at AAA New Orleans before getting released again & never played in the majors again as well.

In a nine year career he hit .277 with 559 hits 97 doubles 7 triples 36 HRs a .358 on base % & 210 RBIs.

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