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92-70 7-3 W2
81-81 5-5 L1
78-84 4-6 W1
66-96 6-4 L3
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2022 Pitching

Earned Run Average
Base on Balls (Walk)
Walks and Hits Allowed Per Inning
Regular Season 3 1 4.04 48 8 1.18

Top Taylor Clarke News

  • Royals' Taylor Clarke: Avoids arbitration

    Clarke signed a one-year, $1.15 million contract with the Royals on Friday to avoid arbitration, Mark Feinsand of reports.

    Clarke had a solid first season in Kansas City, putting up a 4.04 ERA and 48:8 K:BB over 49 innings while collecting three saves. The 29-year-old is likely to work in a middle relief role again in 2023.

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  • Royals' Taylor Clarke: Done for season

    Clarke was placed on the 15-day injured list Tuesday due to a left oblique strain.

    With the regular season coming to an end soon and the Royals well outside of the playoff picture, Clarke will end the season on the injured list. He will finish the year with a 4.04 ERA and 1.18 WHIP over 49 innings to go along with a 3-1 record and three saves. Collin Snider was called up from Triple-A Omaha on Tuesday in a corresponding move.

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  • Royals' Taylor Clarke: Notches save

    Clarke recorded two strikeouts in a perfect inning to earn a save over Cleveland on Monday.

    Clarke needed just 11 pitches (10 strikes) to finish off the 5-2 victory. It was the first time he completed a full inning of work since Aug. 6 and the outing lowered his season ERA to 4.04 with a 48:8 K:BB through 47 appearances. Clarke picked up the save in the 10th inning after Scott Barlow worked a scoreless ninth frame.

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  • Royals' Taylor Clarke: Taken off injured list

    Clarke (oblique) was activated from the 15-day injured list Thursday.

    Clarke tossed an inning in a rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha on Monday, and that was all the Royals needed to see before adding him back to the roster. Clarke has posted a 2.73 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 31:8 K:BB over 29.2 big-league innings since the start of June, so he could be used in high-leverage spots the rest of the way.

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  • Royals' Taylor Clarke: Beginning rehab Monday

    Clarke (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment in the minors Monday, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.

    Barring any setbacks during his assignment, Clarke remains on track to rejoin the Royals before the end of the season. He was posting a 5.50 K/BB this season before being sidelined with a left oblique strain.

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  • Royals' Taylor Clarke: On track to return

    Clarke (oblique) threw a live session Tuesday and felt good afterward, Anne Rogers of reports.

    Clarke will throw again Friday, and if all goes as planned, he will spend a little time on a minor-league rehab assignment before returning to Kansas City ahead of season's end. The 29-year-old reliever was in the middle of a career year, having posted a 4.02 ERA and 1.19 WHIP before being sidelined in early August with an oblique strain.

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  • Royals' Taylor Clarke: Sidelined with oblique strain

    The Royals placed Clarke on the 15-day injured list Tuesday with a left oblique strain.

    Clarke will be eligible to come off the IL on Aug. 23, but given the volatile recovery timelines associated with oblique injuries, he's far from a lock to be ready to rejoin the Royals by then. The 29-year-old right-hander has been a key setup man for the Royals this season, logging 10 holds and two saves while generating a 4.02 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 47 innings over his 44 appearances.

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  • Royals' Taylor Clarke: Collects third win

    Clarke (3-1) allowed a run on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts in one inning Thursday, earning the win over the Red Sox.

    Clarke took a blown save by allowing the tying run to score in the seventh inning. He ended up with the win after the Royals rallied for four runs in their half of the frame. Since the start of July, Clarke has allowed two runs with a 12:4 K:BB across 13 innings in 12 appearances. The right-hander has a 3.77 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 41:8 K:BB, two saves, 10 holds and five blown saves through 45.1 innings this year. As long as he doesn't completely go off the rails, he should see regular setup work over the last two months of the season.

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  • Royals' Taylor Clarke: Earns win over Yankees

    Clarke (2-1) allowed a hit and a walk with one strikeout in two scoreless innings to earn the win Sunday over the Yankees.

    Clarke entered the game with the Royals down by two, but a solo home run from Hunter Dozier and a three-run blast form Salvador Perez turned the game around. Rather than bring in struggling closer Scott Barlow, manager Mike Matheny stuck with Clarke for a second frame, and the right-hander rewarded that decision by navigating a two-on, one-out situation in the ninth. July did a lot to boost Clarke's stock in the Kansas City bullpen -- he allowed just one run on seven hits and three walks while striking out 10 over 12 innings in 11 appearances. He now has a 3.65 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 39:7 K:BB across 44.1 innings this season, and he's added two saves, 10 holds and four blown saves. Clarke is likely to share setup duties with Josh Staumont going forward.

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  • Royals' Taylor Clarke: Earns second save

    Clarke struck out one batter in a perfect inning and picked up a save against the Rays on Sunday.

    Clarke tossed eight of 13 pitches for strikes and retired the Rays in order to finish off the 4-2 victory. He'd blown three straight save opportunities since his last successful conversion April 28. The 29-year-old lowered his ERA to 3.83 with a 38:6 K:BB through 40 appearances. Scott Barlow was likely unavailable Sunday after he tossed two innings during Saturday's victory.

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  • Royals' Taylor Clarke: Extends scoreless streak

    Clarke has not allowed a run in his last six innings.

    Clarke has four holds and a blown save in that span -- he allowed an inherited runner to score the tying run July 4 against the Astros. With just two hits and a walk allowed during his scoreless streak, Clarke has earned a few more looks in high-leverage situations. He pitched the eighth inning in a one-run game Wednesday, which could happen more often while Josh Staumont (neck) is sidelined. For the year, Clarke has a 4.21 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 33:5 K:BB, one save, eight holds, three blown saves and a 1-1 record through 36.1 innings.

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  • Royals' Taylor Clarke: Clean inning Tuesday

    Clarke logged a hold with one perfect relief inning in Tuesday's 12-11 extra-innings win over the Angels.

    Clarke worked the eighth inning without trouble, but the game got chaotic after that. The 29-year-old is up to four holds in 26 appearances this season, maintaining a mid-leverage role in the Royals' bullpen. He's added a save, two blown saves, a 4.88 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 23:3 K:BB across 27.2 innings, but he's not expected to be in serious contention for regular save chances.

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  • Royals' Taylor Clarke: Covers two innings Tuesday

    Clarke allowed two runs on four hits and a walk with two strikeouts in two innings during Tuesday's 7-0 loss to the Blue Jays.

    Clarke was given the ball for mop-up duty as the Royals' offense gave starter Brad Keller no help in this contest. In his last nine outings, Clarke has struggled mightily, allowing 15 runs (13 earned) on 21 hits and a walk with five strikeouts in nine innings. Overall, the right-hander has a 6.00 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 16:1 K:BB across 21 innings. While the control is solid, the results aren't there, and he could be at risk of a demotion once the Royals get some injured or ill relievers back from the injured list.

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  • Royals' Taylor Clarke: Takes loss in Arizona

    Clarke (1-1) allowed three runs on three hits and struck out one in two-thirds of an inning, taking the loss Tuesday versus the Diamondbacks.

    Clarke allowed two inherited runners to score on a Jordan Luplow three-run home run, then surrendered a two-run blast to Pavin Smith two batters later. What started off as a good season has quickly fallen apart for Clarke, who has allowed a stunning 12 runs (10 earned) in his last five outings. He's seen his ratios balloon to a 6.46 ERA and 1.50 WHIP with a 12:0 K:BB, three holds, a save and a pair of blown saves in 17 appearances.

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  • Royals' Taylor Clarke: Lit up Sunday

    Clarke allowed four runs on four hits without recording an out in Sunday's 7-6 loss to the Twins.

    Clarke got the ball for the eighth inning after Brady Singer tossed seven shutout frames. The Royals led 6-0 when Clarke entered, but he allowed four straight singles before Scott Barlow took over and struggled in his own right. It's been ugly of late for Clarke, who has allowed nine runs (seven earned) in his last four appearances after a solid start to the year. The right-hander has a 4.91 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 11:0 K:BB in 14.2 innings after Sunday's messy outing. He's added a save, three holds and a blown save in 16 appearances.

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  • Royals' Taylor Clarke: Secures first win

    Clarke (1-0) earned the win in Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader versus the Orioles. He pitched a perfect inning and struck out one.

    Clarke did his job to keep the game tied at 4-4 in the eighth inning, and the Royals took the lead in the ninth. Through 11 innings, Clarke has a 0.82 ERA, 0.73 WHIP and 11:0 K:BB. The lone run against him came on a solo home run in his second outing of the season. The right-hander has picked up a save, a hold and a blown save in 11 appearances, though his overall strong work has allowed him more high-leverage opportunities in the last couple of weeks.

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  • Royals' Taylor Clarke: Locks down save

    Clarke pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts to earn the save in Thursday's extra-inning win over the White Sox.

    Clarke had a three-run lead to protect in the 10th inning, and he had no trouble converting his second major-league save. The 28-year-old was utilized for the save chance because Josh Staumont and Scott Barlow had pitched in the previous two innings. Clarke has done well to begin the season with a 1.13 ERA, 0.62 WHIP and 8:0 K:BB in eight innings. He should continue to be deployed in a versatile role in the bullpen as long as his results stay strong.

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  • Royals' Taylor Clarke: Throws two scoreless innings

    Clarke allowed a hit and struck out two in two scoreless innings during Thursday's 1-0 loss to the Twins.

    Clarke began the season with three straight outings of one-third of an inning. He's been allowed to work longer assignments since then, covering two innings in each of his last two appearances. He's posted a 1.80 ERA, 0.40 WHIP and 4:0 K:BB through five appearances this season, though he'll likely remain in a multi-inning role going forward.

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  • Royals' Taylor Clarke: Opening season in majors

    Clarke made the Royals' Opening Day roster, Anne Rogers of reports.

    Clarke signed a one-year contract with the Royals in December, so it's not much of a surprise he's on the roster. The 29-year-old reliever posted a 4.98 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 39:14 K:BB, 1-3 record and seven holds in 43 appearances for the Diamondbacks last season. With the Royals' bullpen strong at the back end, Clarke should figure to see mostly low-leverage assignments to begin 2022.

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  • Royals' Taylor Clarke: Heading to Kansas City

    Clarke signed a contract with the Royals on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

    Clarke was non-tendered by Arizona on Tuesday, and he was able to quickly latch on with a new team. The right-hander had a 4.98 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 39:14 K:BB over 43.1 innings during 2021 while operating exclusively as a reliever.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-4, 200 lbs
Birthplace: Ashburn, VA
Age: 29
Experience: 3
Bats/Throws: R, R