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Nick Clarno
Nick Clarno signed a free agent contract with the Atlanta Braves.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne’s Clarno Signs Free Agent Contract With Atlanta Braves

The Major League Baseball draft concluded on Tuesday. While no one from the Hickory Metro area was drafted, Lenoir-Rhyne’s Nick Clarno signed a free agent deal with the Atlanta Braves after the draft.

Clarno transferred from North Georgia in 2020. He hit .253 in two seasons for the Nighthawks, with 15 home runs and 69 runs batted in. In his first season with the Bears in 2021, he started 40 out of 41 games, hitting .269 with 8 home runs, 8 doubles and 31 RBIs. This past season, he had .368 hitting percentage with 14 doubles, six home runs and 40 RBI. He also stole eight bases.

Clarno joins fellow LR baseball alum Justin Dean in the Braves system.