Left-hander Ian Clarkin, the Yankees' No. 7 prospect, threw six scoreless innings Thursday, helping Class A Charleston defeat Savannah, 9-0. He combined with reliever Eric Ruth for a two-hit shutout against the Mets' affiliate.
Charleston took an early lead Thursday, thanks to a first-inning grand slam by third baseman Miguel Andujar, the Yankees' No. 18 prospect. He finished the night 2-for-3 with two runs, six RBIs and a walk.
While the offense started quickly Thursday, Clarkin was wild at the outset of the game. He issued walks to the first two batters in the first inning before settling down to throw four hitless innings. Though a leadoff single in the fifth inning ended any thought of a no-hitter, he finished his night strong, whiffing four of the last five batters he faced.
Clarkin finished his night with seven strikeouts and allowed one hit and four walks. He threw 80 pitches in six innings, matching the longest start of his young career.
The Yankees selected Clarkin with the 33rd overall pick of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. In his first full professional season, he is 3-3 with a 3.08 ERA in 11 starts. He has struck out 57 batters and walked 15 in 52 2/3 innings.