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Brewers 1st-round pick Clark has unique grip on hitting

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Brewers first-round draft pick Trent Clark has quite the grip on hitting.

The 18-year-old high school senior from Richland, Texas, uses a golf-style grip at the plate, with thumbs positioned up along the bat. The outfielder says the unusual grip helps him with balance and bat control. A team scout says it's a bit unique.

Whatever Clark is doing is working -- the left-hander hit .552 with three homers and 24 RBIs this season. He stole 11 bases.

With the big league team struggling, there was a possibility the Brewers might look to draft a college player to get more immediate help.

Clark's swing and potential at the plate ended up being too much to pass up. The Brewers took him with the 15th overall pick.

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