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Thursday, October 1, 2009

'09 in Review Part 5- Clemens a Big Stick with no Position


Koby Clemens struggled to find a position on the field for Lancaster in 2009. However, he knew exactly where he was supposed to be when he was in the batter's box.

In his second season of High A ball, it appears that Clemens' catching days are numbered. He switched to catcher from third base at the beginning of the 2008 season. Yet, Clemens extremely hot bat have the Astros trying to find a place for him.

After a slow start in April, Clemens batted over .300 in May, June, July and August. He finished the California League schedule with a .345 average, 45 doubles, six triples, 22 home runs and 121 RBI. He had another two RBI during a brief stint in Corpus Christi, giving him a minor league leading 123.

Clemens played catcher, OF, DH, and I think a few games at third base for the JetHawks in 2009. In a recent online chat, Ed Wade indicated that there has been discussion of putting him at first base in the future. To add to the intrigue, Clemens is eligible for the Rule 5 draft this December meaning the Astros also need to decide if they think he needs to be protected on the 40-man roster.

1 comment:

Steve Duer said...

In a recent chat, Ed Wade indicated they were considering moving Koby to 1st exclusively.