Sam Clay
Clay with the Minnesota Twins in 2015
Washington Nationals – No. 49
Born: (1993-06-21) June 21, 1993 (age 28)
Knoxville, Tennessee
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
MLB debut
April 7, 2021, for the Washington Nationals
MLB statistics
(through 2021 season)
Win–loss record0–5
Earned run average5.60

Samuel Thomas Hunter Clay (born June 21, 1993) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut in 2021.

Amateur career

Clay attended Buford High School in Buford, Georgia.[1] He performed as the role of Aladdin and faced before the school play in 2010. [2] enrolled at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he played college baseball for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. As a draft-eligible sophomore, the Minnesota Twins selected Clay in the fourth round of the 2014 MLB draft.[3]

Professional career

Clay pitched in the Twins' minor league system from 2014 to 2019. In 2020, he was a non-roster invitee to Minnesota's 60-man player pool, working out at the alternate training site at CHS Field in St. Paul.[4]

The Twins never added Clay to their major league roster, and he became a minor league free agent after the 2020 season. On November 18, 2020, the Washington Nationals announced they had signed Clay to a major league contract, adding him to a major league roster for the first time in his playing career.[5] On April 6, 2021, Clay was promoted to the major leagues for the first time.[6] He made his MLB debut the next day, throwing a shutout inning against the Atlanta Braves.

Pitching style

Clay is noted as an extreme groundball pitcher who rarely allows home runs. His pitching arsenal includes a sinking fastball and an above-average curveball.[7]


  1. ^ "Buford's Clay signs baseball scholarship with Georgia Tech".
  2. ^ "Cast Announced for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Malthouse Theatre".
  3. ^ "Clay drafted by Minnesota in fourth round". Georgia Tech. June 6, 2014. Retrieved November 18, 2020.
  4. ^ "Twins' Sam Clay: Part of 60-man player pool". CBS Sports. June 29, 2020. Retrieved November 18, 2020.
  5. ^ Reddington, Patrick (November 18, 2020). "Washington Nationals sign Sam Clay to major league deal..." Federal Baseball. Retrieved November 18, 2020.
  6. ^ "Nationals Set Opening Day Roster".
  7. ^ Adams, Steve (November 18, 2020). "Nationals Sign Sam Clay To Major League Contract". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved November 18, 2020.