On Friday, both put those skills on display with catches that earned plenty of notice on social media. Strong, who will return to Moraga in a few weeks for his senior season, made his mark as a member of the Bristol Blues in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, ranging far into right-center field and going full extension to rob the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs of a sure extra-base hit.
Clark entered the fray with his own amazing grab for the Lexington Legends, a class-A affiliate of the reigning American League champion Kansas City Royals. Playing left field, Clark raced into the gap and also had to lay out, taking a hit away from the Rome Braves. The former Gael speedster is in his first full season of professional baseball after earning All-West Coast Conference first team honors as a junior at SMC in 2014.
The great plays capped a day in which Saint Mary’s had already earned a little notice in the professional ranks. Former Gaels pitcher Kyle Barraclough, who was recently named a Texas League All-Star, was traded from the St. Louis Cardinals to the Miami Marlins in exchange for major-league reliever Steve Cishek. Barraclough has had a breakout year in 2015, and takes a 3-0 record, 12 saves and a 2.27 ERA (combined at two minor league levels) with him to Double-A Jacksonville.