Taylor Clarke resides in Phoenix, Ariz. in the offseason with his wife, whose name is also Taylor Clarke...they share three children: twin boys, Bryce and Brody, and a daughter, Bayley...Attended Towson University from 2012-13 before transferring to College of Charleston after Towson eliminated its baseball program while he was rehabbing from Tommy John Surgery in 2013...as a redshirt junior at College of Charleston in 2015, he went 13-1 with a 1.73 ERA (22 ER in 114.1 IP) and 143 strikeouts (11.3 K/9) and just 14 walks (1.1 BB/9) as a senior...He was selected by Arizona in the third round (76th overall) of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft, becoming the highest-drafted player from the College of Charleston, surpassing the previous high of 109th overall (Brett Gardner)...Recorded 18 strikeouts on March 7, 2015 vs. Radford...Was a Collegiate Baseball Louisville Slugger All-American, Colonial Athletic Association Pitcher of the Year and Golden Spikes Award semifinalist...also was a National Pitcher of the Year finalist with Carson Fulmer (Vanderbilt) and Tyler Jay (Illinois)...Was born with right-side facial paralysis, a weakness of the muscles that can cause some of his speech to be slurred...Was minor league teammates with Brad Keller in the Diamondbacks organization from 2016-17.
Finished second among Diamondbacks in 2021 with a career-high 43 relief appearances, despite spending seven weeks on the Injured List from June 15-Aug. 4...Allowed three homers over his first seven appearances (9.1 IP) of the season, but allowed just one homer over his last 36 outings (34.0 IP) from April 21-Sept. 5, and had a stretch of 19 appearances from May 4-June 14 in which he pitched to a 2.37 ERA (5 ER in 19.0 IP)...After returning from a seven-week stay on the Injured List, he posted a 9.31 ERA (10 ER in 9.2 IP) in 13 outings, and was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Sept. 5...Did not allow an earned run in seven appearances (7.0 IP) at Reno, including his last five outings of the season.
Was 3-0 with a 4.36 ERA (21 ER in 43.1 IP) in 12 games (5 starts) and a .217 opponent average in his second season with the D-backs...Went 1-0 with a 5.09 ERA (13 ER in 23.0 IP) as a starter and 2-0 with a 3.54 ERA (8 ER in 20.1 IP) in relief...Left-handers hit .185, compared to .252 in 2019...Retired all 9 batters faced on Aug. 7 @ Padres, the first D-back to toss 3.0+ perfect innings of relief since Patrick Corbin on Sept. 15, 2016 vs. Dodgers (3.0 IP).
Went 5-5 with 1 save and a 5.31 ERA (50 ER in 84.2 IP) in 23 games (15 starts) over 4 stints in his fi rst Major League season with Arizona...Went 4-4 with a 5.88 ERA (42 ER in 64.1 IP) as a starter and 1-1 with 1 save and a 3.54 ERA (8 ER in 20.1 IP) in relief...Opponents hit just .186 (8-for-43) vs. his change-up...Hit his fi rst career home run on May 30 @ Rockies (off Kyle Freeland), becoming the second D-backs rookie pitcher to homer (also: 4 homers by Micah Owings in 2007)...Daughter, Bayley Marie, was born on July 27...Went 3-1 with a 6.63 ERA (27 ER in 36.2 IP) in 8 starts for Reno...Entered the season as the D-backs' No. 10 prospect by MLB.com and as having the Best Control in the system by Baseball America.
Went 13-8 with a 4.03 ERA, 125 strikeouts, 44 walks and a .254 opponent average in 27 starts for Triple-A Reno...Tied for the Pacific Coast League lead in wins, ranked third in innings (152.0) and was sixth in strikeouts...Went 5-1 with a 2.54 ERA, 34 strikeouts and 9 walks over his final 8 starts after July 27...Was a non-roster invitee to his first Spring Training.