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EXPLORERS TRADE FOR INFIELDER

EXPLORERS TRADE FOR INFIELDER

The Sioux City Explorers and Schaumburg Boomers of the Frontier League have completed a trade of INF Chris Clare in exchange for a player to be named later.

Chris Clare will be entering his 5th season of professional baseball in 2021. 

A 2016, 21st round draft pick by the Baltimore Orioles out of High Point University, Clare has proven to be a versatile infielder in his career logging extensive innings at third, short and second base. 

Over four years in the Orioles system reaching as high as Triple A, Norfolk. Clare has played in 349 games, hitting at a .231 clip with 51 doubles, driving in 107 runs, and scoring 146 of his own. 

He has shown to have a keen eye at the plate, with his walk to strikeout ratio improving each year. In 2017 with the Class A, Delmarva Shorebirds, he finished in the top ten of the South Atlantic League with a 1.55 Strikeout-Walk Ratio. He followed that performance up in 2018 with High-A, Frederick, finishing in the top five of the Carolina League with a 1.27 strikeout to walk ratio. 

Clare has played the bulk of his career at shortstop, logging 265 games with a .959 fielding percentage. He has appeared at second base in 51 games, however with the majority of those appearances coming in 2019 the last time he played with the O’s. 

Clare did not play during the 2020 season and this year will be his first in independent baseball.