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Koby Clemens

Koby Clemens, (8), batting for the Lexington Legends in a June 15, 2006 South Atlantic League game against the Lake County Captains in Eastlake, Ohio.
Houston Astros — No. --
Born: December 4, 1986 (1986-12-04) (age 23)
Houston, Texas
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Koby Aaron Clemens (born December 4, 1986) is the eldest son of major league pitcher Roger Clemens, and a right-handed catcher in the minor leagues.


Early Life

Born on December 4, 1986 in Houston, Texas, he was a two-sport star at Memorial High School, splitting time between football and baseball, before he suffered a back injury ending his brief football career.

He hit .413 as a junior, with 4 home runs and 23 RBIs in 2004.[1] In his senior year he earned all-state honors with .519 batting average, 5th-best in the Houston area, and was 2nd in the Houston area in both home runs and RBIs. Though not his forte, he also had success on the pitcher's mound, with a 7-1 record and a 1.75 ERA[2]

He signed with The University of Texas (where his father played) to play first base on November 17, 2004, but never attended, choosing to go straight to professional baseball after he was drafted by the Houston Astros.

Minor Leagues

The Houston Astros picked Clemens in the 8th round of the amateur draft, 254th overall; the Astros intended to use him as either a first or third baseman. He signed for a $380,000 bonus.[3]

In 2005, he played his first minor league baseball season, hitting .297 with 4 homers and 17 RBIs in 33 games for the Rookie League Greeneville Astros, and .281 with 6 RBIs in 9 games with the Class A Tri-City Valley Cats, for whom he was the youngest player. Overall, he committed 15 errors in 32 games at third.

In 2006, playing Class A ball as the youngest player on the Lexington Legends in the South Atlantic League, he dipped to .229 with 5 home runs and 39 RBIs in 91 games. Clemens appeared once as a pitcher in professional baseball, as the starting pitcher for the Lexington Legends during a 2006 game.[4]

On June 25, 2006, Clemens was in the news in a game against the Asheville Tourists. He was declared safe in a controversial play on second, leading Tourists manager Joe Mikulik to go on a rampage.[5] Through 2006, in the minors he has batted .249 with 9 home runs, 63 RBIs, 7 stolen bases (while being caught once), and a .385 slugging percentage in 449 at bats.

In the 2006 Hawaiian Winter League, playing for North Shore Honu, Clemens batted .196 with 1 home run and 9 RBIs in 32 games.[6]

Koby Clemens hit a home run off of his father, Roger Clemens, in a 2006 minor league exhibition game. In Koby's next at bat, Roger threw a brushback pitch at Koby in retaliation.[7]

He has been converted to catcher and had played for the Corpus Christi Hooks in the Double-A Texas League. As of June 12, 2009, he returned to play for the Lancaster JetHawks in Advanced A in the California League in the roles of catcher and designated hitter.

Personal Life

Clemens was arrested alongside two Salem Avalanche teammates outside a Salem, Virginia restaurant on September 1, 2008. Clemens was charged with disorderly conduct.[8]


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