The Detroit Tigers selected second base prospect Kody Clemens with the first pick of the third round of the MLB draft, at 79th overall . Clemens who plays for the University of Texas Longhorns, was previously drafted by the Houston Astros in 2015 in the 35th round. He is also the son of baseball legend Roger Clemens.
Clemens underwent Tommy John surgery in 2016 but appears to have made a complete recovery since, and his value has only climbed since his initial draft in 2015. His move from his previous positions at third base and shortstop seems to have done well for him at the plate, as his home run total jumped from 5 in 2017 to 19 in 2018. In 2018 his season line with the Longhorns was .341/.431/.687, with 34 walks and 41 strikeouts.
In 2014 a Perfect Game scout noted his potential:
Left handed hitter, gets to front side early, quick short swing with very good bat speed, line drive contact with some right centerfield gap power, looks to pull the ball, projects as a hitter. Polished player with athleticism and present skills.
Clemens is part of a baseball legacy, with his father, and his older brother Kacy who is in the Toronto Blue Jays minor league system as a first baseman.
While Clemens was drafted as a second baseman, he clearly has a lot of experience playing the infield, providing some much-needed positional depth for the Tigers. He also packs more offensive potential than the other college infielders in the Tigers’ system.