Philip Clarke - Baseball - Vanderbilt University Athletics

#5 Philip Clarke


Class Sophomore
Height 5'11"
Weight 190 LBS
Hometown Franklin, Tenn.
High School Christ Presbyterian Academy

Coach Corbin Quote: “Phil contributed quite a bit as a freshman and we were pleased with his maturity at the plate. He settled into our lineup quickly as a consistent designated hitter. His catching abilities have improved greatly over the course of the summer and fall. He will definitely have opportunities in a catching role coming into the season. Phil has a high care level academically and athletically, and we are looking forward to watching him help our team in a big way.”

As a Sophomore (2019)

  • Selected in the ninth round (pick 267) of the 2019 MLB Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays
  • American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Third-Team All-American
  • Provided the game-winning walk-off RBI-single in the SEC Tournament title game
  • Finished tied for second in the SEC in triples (4) and third in RBIs (70)
  • Second on the team in multi-hit games (29) and multi-RBI games (17)
  • Produced a 13-game hit streak, batting .510 (25-for-49), from April 12-May 5
  • Batted a team-best .360 (9-for-25) in six games at the College World Series
  • Hit .462 (6-for-13) in the CWS finals including a three-hit performance in Game 3
  • Threw out 12 runners and made 46 starts at catcher, helping the club to a 36-10 record
  • Was one of three Commodores to start 70-plus games (JJ Bleday, Ethan Paul)
  • Finished third on the team with a .336 average, 29 RBIs and eight doubles
  • Logged nine consecutive multi-hit games between April 14-30
  • Registered six RBIs and went 3-for-4 against Arkansas on April 14
  • Crushed a grand slam and tallied five RBIs against Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 16

As a Freshman (2018)

  • Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American honors
  • Team-high 16 doubles in 58 appearances and 49 starts
  • Batted .294
  • 18 multi-hit games
  • Batted .302 with 35 hits in SEC play
  • Ranked second on the team
  • 36 starts at designated hitter and 13 starts at catcher
  • Three RBI in three out of four of his first collegiate games
  • Six home runs on the season
  • 2018 NCAA Clemson Regional All-Tournament Team selection
  • Batted .385 (5-for-13) with three RBIs, two home runs, two runs and two walks
  • Two doubles (2-for-4) with two runs and three RBIs against Ole Miss (April 15)
  • 3-for-5 with three RBIs and two doubles against Kentucky (May 17)

The Clarke File

  • Product of Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville, Tenn.
  • Led CPA Lions to multiple district, sectional, and regional championships and a state championship
  • Named Captain as a senior
  • Named The Tennessean’s Baseball Player of the Year as a senior
  • 2017 Tennessee Class 2A Mr. Baseball
  • Perfect Game All-American selection
  • Member of 2016 Junior Sunbelt National Champion team
  • Son of Jay and Jill Clarke
  • Psychology major