Great Catches, Trade Lead To Busy Day For SMC Baseball

Saint Mary’s baseball fans know Davis Strong and DonAndre Clark as elite defenders who have made their share of spectacular plays in the Louis Guisto Field outfield.

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.

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