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Twins sign former top prospect Jeff Clement to minor league deal

Nov 26, 2012, 11:49 AM EDT

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Once upon a time Jeff Clement was a top prospect in the Mariners’ farm system, but the No. 3 overall pick in the 2005 draft has spent most of the past six seasons at Triple-A and the 29-year-old catcher/first baseman has signed a minor-league contract with the Twins.

Clement got just 24 plate appearances for the Pirates this year and has a grand total of 421 plate appearances as a big leaguer, hitting .218 with 14 homers and a .648 OPS. And his bat was supposed to be Clement’s strength, as the Mariners and Pirates both determined that he wasn’t good enough defensively to catch regularly.

Clement has consistently fared well at Triple-A, batting .280 with an .852 OPS in 535 total games there and posting similar numbers in 2012, but for a 29-year-old with limited defensive value that’s certainly not particularly impressive production. He’ll compete for a spot on Minnesota’s bench during spring training, but figures to begin the season in Rochester.

  1. proudlycanadian - Nov 26, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Good luck to him. It must hurt, being known as the big flop from the great 2005 draft.

    • historiophiliac - Nov 26, 2012 at 12:47 PM

      That’s a depressing story, just in time for the holidays.

      • proudlycanadian - Nov 26, 2012 at 12:51 PM

        On a positive note, he does have a job. Long term, he might become a coach or a scout.

      • historiophiliac - Nov 26, 2012 at 1:05 PM

        I think most of us would agree that any job playing baseball is better than a lot of other jobs out there. It would beat the hell out of mine (right now).

  2. pacific123ocean - Nov 26, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Good for him. I hope it works out.

  3. b453841l - Nov 26, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    That MLB line of .218 with 14 homers and a .648 OPS could land him a starting gig for the Twins if he can prove he’s “gritty” enough.

  4. ad0330 - Nov 26, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Perfect fit for a crappy team.

  5. unfortunateminnesotasportsfan - Nov 26, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    The mariners and pirates didn’t want him, so of course the twins did.. how about signing some f*cking pitchers terry ryan. Ugh. Prick should be fired!

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