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Top MLB draft prospect holds baseball clinic at his central Indiana high school

FRANKLIN, In. (WISH) — One of the top prospects in this year’s Major League Baseball draft spent some time giving back to his community on Saturday afternoon.

Max Clark, a class of 2023 graduate of Franklin Community High School, was back at the school holding a baseball clinic.

“Franklin Community’s been by my side this entire process,” Clark said.

Clark, along with USA Baseball, hosted the Max Clark Homegrown Clinic for kids ages 6 through 12.

The participants had a chance to learn some baseball skills from Clark, while also just spending time with the Team USA alum.

“I can remember being in their shoes as a nine-year-old, ten-year-old, and just kind of adoring the high school guys,” Clark said. “So, now that I’m in the position to lead these kids down the right path, it’s a really cool feeling.”

Clark was a member of the 2022 18U National Team that won a gold medal at the 2021 World Baseball Softball Classic (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup in Bradenton and Sarasota, Fla.

He told News 8 Sports’ Andrew Chernoff on Saturday he wanted to get across one major point to the kids.

“Baseball’s a fun game,” Clark said. “You just got to have fun doing it.”

Clark was recently named the 2023 Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year.

He has signed a letter of intent to play at Vanderbilt University, but is also a projected first-round pick in this summer’s MLB draft.

Kids hit the field for the first time on Saturday at Max Clark Homegrown Clinic.