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Dept. of Things You Didn't Know: Roger Clemens' kid raked last year

Jan 1, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

Sure, it was at a very hitter-friendly park in a very hitter-friendly league, but Koby Clemens hit the cover off the ball last season:

Say what you want about the Astros’ eighth-round pick of the 2005
Draft, that he’s a product of a hitting league and a very friendly
ballpark, but it’s difficult to look past the fact that he finished the
season with the most RBIs in all of the Minor Leagues, won the
California League batting title with a .345 average and led the Class A
Advanced circuit in RBIs (121), doubles (45), slugging percentage
(.636) and OPS (1.055).

Clemens was an 8th round pick by in 2005, he tends to have to repeat levels before he does anything solid and he isn’t even the Astros’ top-rated catching prospect (that would be Jason Castro). Still, he has power and some patience at the plate and may just manage to make it to the bigs someday if the stars align just so.

Not bad for someone who seemed like a nepotism pick at the time.

  1. scatterbrian - Jan 1, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    That .425 BABIP can’t last.

  2. GimmeSomeSteel - Jan 1, 2010 at 4:48 PM

    That’s true, scatterbrian (great name, BTW), but the kid still has some talent, and that’s the exception with the Astros rather than the rule. Don’t hold the fact that his father is such an a** against him. I’m rooting for him.

  3. Gelardia - Jan 1, 2010 at 7:21 PM

    Check him for HGH.

  4. scatterbrian - Jan 1, 2010 at 8:25 PM

    Oh I agree. Good on-base and contact skills, though I think we need another season to see if the power’s for real. Do the Astros see him as a C or 3B long-term?

  5. Old Gator - Jan 1, 2010 at 10:18 PM

    Wonder if he’s got some sort of chip on his shoulder over the reversal in his father’s fortunes. Sometimes it just takes a jolt or two to bring out the tiger asleep in the pussycat. As far as the Astros seeing “long term,” that’s a new one on me.

  6. scott from peekskill - Jan 3, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    Kid soes have a chip on his shoulder and ice water in his veins…oh, and of course, his Dad shooting him in the ass with HGH.

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