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Roger Clemens’ son, Koby Clemens, signs with Blue Jays

Feb 9, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT

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After spending the first seven seasons of his pro career in the Astros’ farm system Roger Clemens’ son, Koby Clemens, became a free agent and has signed a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays.

Clemens was Houston’s eighth-round pick in 2005 and has never been considered a top prospect, but did put up some big numbers in the low minors. He hit .345 with 22 homers, 45 doubles, and 121 RBIs in 116 games at high Single-A in 2009, but hasn’t done much since leaving the notoriously hitter-friendly California League for tougher competition.

Last season he split time between first base and third base at Triple-A, hitting .234 with 16 homers and a .756 OPS in 126 games at age 24, and then was banned from playing winter ball in Puerto Rico after leaving his team without notice.

Koby is unlikely to reach the majors, but Roger won back-to-back Cy Young awards for the Blue Jays in 1997 and 1998 before they traded him to the Yankees for David Wells.

  1. cur68 - Feb 9, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Oh well: no loss to the Jays but nothing much gained either. Good luck to the kid: being saddled with that name and that old man I’m amazed he hasn’t given up yet. Shoulda done what Griffey III did and played another sport.

  2. proudlycanadian - Feb 9, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    He is unlikely to play first base for the Jay’s triple A team as the incumbent (Cooper) won the league batting crown last season. He will have a chance to play third base.

  3. hudsonjc - Feb 9, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Maybe he’s like his father, and his talent begins to rise after the age of 40.

  4. stex52 - Feb 9, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    I’m not going to pile on the guy because his name is Clemens. But he was a courtesy draft by the Astros when his father still had a contract with the organization. He is a career minor leaguer without a natural position to play. Triple A is not that terrible, 99+% of the world can’t play there. But he doesn’t have much in the way of prospects for MLB.

  5. pastortodd78 - Feb 9, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    I watched him play quite a bit for the Oklahoma Redhawks last year (Astros Triple A team). The kid has a decent bat but cannot field at all. I hope he does well in the Blue Jays system.

  6. drewzducks - Feb 9, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    What ever happened to his brother Koko B Clemens?

  7. buffalomafia - Feb 9, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Is he really that good or is he in majors because his fathers name?

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