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DETROIT July 7, 2023 – The Detroit Tigers chose a high school baseball prodigy as the team’s first pick in the 2023 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
The Tigers selected Franklin Community High School outfielder Max Clark from Indiana with the third overall pick. The 18-year-old player was selected Sunday over other expected collegiate picks such as Wyatt Langford from the University of Florida.
Over his three high school seasons, Clark hit .551/.713/1.027 with 20 doubles, 10 triples, 21 home runs and 95 RBI. He drew 113 walks in his high school career and only struck out 16 times, according to a press release from the Tigers.
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(CONTINUED) Clark was named Gatorade Indiana Baseball Player of the Year each season as a high schooler, along with being named the 2022-23 Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year.
Clark also has quite the social media presence, boasting a 346,000-plus following on Instagram alone.
The Tigers selected two other players on the first night of the draft, taking Kevin McGonigle from Monsignor Bonner High School in Pennsylvania with the 37th overall pick, and Max Anderson from the University of Nebraska in the second round with the 45th overall.
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