April 20 - Josh Sborz and Taylor Clarke, who were selected two picks apart in the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft, have been called up by their respective big league clubs.
Sborz, a McLean graduate and the Most Outstanding Player of the College World Series after helping Virginia win its first national championship in 2015, received his first promotion to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday. He struck out nine in four innings over his two relief outings at Triple-A Oklahoma City, but has yet to make an appearance out of the Dodgers’ bullpen. He’s wearing No. 76 in his first stint with the club.
In 2012, Sborz was named The Washington Post’s All-Met Player of the Year after going 9-2 with three saves, a 0.84 ERA and 95 strikeouts in 58.2 innings and hitting .422 with seven home runs and 28 RBI. He finished his career with the Highlanders with 20 victories and 20 homers.
“He’s off to a good start, fresh arm,” manager Dave Roberts told reporters on Sunday, after the club announced it was sending Dennis Santana down and adding Sborz to the 25-man roster. “Dennis did what he did but he’s going to be down for a few days. So we get Josh here, it is exciting for him, his family and we are going to run him out there.”
Sborz is the second member of his family to make it to the big leagues. His brother, Jay, was a second round pick of Detroit in 2003 after a standout career at Langley. He made one appearances with the Tigers in 2010.
Clarke, meanwhile, was called up this morning by the Arizona Diamondbacks after they optioned utility player Tim Locastro after last night’s game. He had made three starts at Triple-A Reno, where he was 13-8 with a 4.03 ERA in 27 starts last year, and is currently listed as the organization’s No. 10 prospect by MLB.com.
Clarke, 25, will wear uniform No. 45 and will be in the Diamondbacks’ bullpen for their 2:20 p.m. game today at the Chicago Cubs. He is the second recent Broad Run alum to make it to the big leagues. Conor Mullee made three appearances with the New York Yankees in 2016.
Both right-handers are in their fifth professional seasons after Sborz was taken 74th overall by Los Angeles and Clarke was selected 76th by Arizona out of the College of Charleston in 2015.
Photos of Taylor Clarke, left, and Josh Sborz, right, courtesy of MiLB.com