Written by Tony Pente
When Zach Clark was signed by the Orioles as a senior sign after his 2006 season at University of Maryland Baltimore County, all he was looking for was a chance. Seven years later, the 29-year old right-hander is looking for that chance again, but this time it's in his first big league spring training.
Clark has bucked the odds and made his way gradually through the system before being placed on the Orioles 40-man roster this offseason after posting a combined 15-7, 2.79 ERA between Bowie and Norfolk last year. There was even some discussion of bringing him up last September after he dominated Norfolk hitters to the tune of a 1.75 ERA in 46.1 innings.
Clark is not going to overwhelm batters with his stuff but he's throws four pitches for strikes while watching his velocity creep into the low 90's consistently.
He doesn't have much of a chance to break camp with the Orioles this year, but he's looking to make an impression on the big league staff that could pay dividends later in the year when the Orioles need some pitching help.
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