Clarke, Sborz Added to 40-Man Rosters Ahead of MLB's Rule 5 Draft

November 21 - Two area pitchers took another step towards the Major Leagues yesterday when they were added to the 40-man rosters by their respective organizations.

On the deadline to add players or have them exposed in next month’s Rule 5 Draft, teams made several roster moves. Among the players added were the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Clarke, a 2011 graduate of Broad Run, and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Sborz, a 2012 graduate of McLean.

As players drafted when they were age 19 or older and four seasons removed from signing their first professional contract, Clarke and Sborz would have been available in the Rule 5 Draft, which will be held at the winter meetings on Dec. 13, if they were not added to the 40-man roster.

Major League clubs carry active 25-man rosters through Aug. 31, then expand to 40 for the remainder of the regular season. Teams that advance to the postseason must trim rosters back to 25.

Clarke, 25, made 27 starts this season at Triple-A Reno, finishing 13-8 with a 4.03 ERA in 152 innings. He is ranked as Arizona’s No. 11 prospect by Sborz, 24, compiled a 3.88 ERA and converted six of nine save opportunities over 46 relief appearances between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City. He recorded 71 strikeouts to 20 walks in 53.1 innings.

The two right-handers were selected two spots from each other, 74th and 76th overall, in the 2015 draft. Both will be in big league camp when spring training begins in mid-February and will compete for spots on the opening day roster.

Photos of Taylor Clarke, left, courtesy of Reno Aces and of Josh Sborz, right, courtesy of Tulsa Drillers