Kent State senior left-hander Michael Clark has signed a free-agent contract with the Texas Rangers.
Clark, an Akron native, went undrafted despite going 3-1 with a 1.07 ERA in 2014 for the Mid-American Conference Tournament champion Golden Flashes. He allowed just 27 hits and six earned runs in 501⁄3 innings of work, striking out 44.
Clark did not allow an earned run in his final seven appearances. He started the MAC Tournament championship game against Akron and pitched 62⁄3 shutout frames, allowing just four hits and one walk while striking out three.
"He had a great year for us," said KSU coach Jeff Duncan. "He's got really good stuff, stuff for the next level. His fastball has reached high levels here. If he works hard and everything lines up he could pitch in the big leagues one day. You never know how that will work out."
Clark was actually looking into a possible return to the Flashes, since he's only pitched three seasons at the collegiate level. He started his career at North Carolina State before transferring to Kent State in 2012.
According to Duncan, Clark was in Arizona on Sunday signing his contract with Texas. Duncan believes the Rangers will send him to their short-season Class A team in Spokane, Washington.
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