From the Field: Porter Clayton, sp, Dixie State Baseball

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Last weekend Dixie State Baseball was on island. I was able to attend their game on Saturday. Dixie has two players who are 2015 MLB Draft prospects this season, pitcher Porter Clayton and SS Trey Kamachi.

Porter Clayton was the one that I was a little more excited about, since Perfect Game rated him the #3 best DII prospect in the Nation. He is actually a familiar face to Oahu: Clayton played for the Oregon Ducks in 2011 and 2014 (the two year gap was a mission for the Mormon Church). In 2014 he did not put up eye popping numbers, appearing in 20 games, making five starts and compiled a 2-1 record with a 4.46 ERA. But as is often in the case with amateur players, its the projections that matter and Clayton has a ton, so much that they Yankees still drafted him in the 21st Round.

In the off season he transferred to Dixie State, and is having a very nice season.  He is 3-2 with 28.1 innings under his belt.  He has allowed 24 hits, struck out 27 and walked 10.  Batters are only hitting .245 off him.

I went to the Saturday game assuming he was pitching, but he was actually the starter the next day.  I was not able to get to that game in time to see him pitch, which is a shame since he was dealing:

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15 March 2015 Dixie State v. Hawaii, Game #1

He is draft eligible again this season, and I assume that he is going to go in the Top 10 Rounds.  He could also hold off for one more season and continue to refine his arsenal, upping his draft stock.

He was also a very nice dude.  He was charting the game that I was at, and I asked if he would sign.  He said after the game, and sure enough walked over to me between the games (it was a double header), signed my card and we talked for a couple minutes.  He was very cool, and he definitely made a fan.

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