Tag:Koby Clemens
Posted on: November 19, 2010 8:35 pm

Harper continues to impress in AFL

If you want to see Bryce Harper play, his Scottsdale Scorpions will be in the Arizona Fall League championship on Saturday, with the game on MLB Network (3 p.m. Eastern). Nationals hitting coach Rick Eckstein has already watched Harper in Arizona and came away impressed.

"He attacks the baseball, which is great for a hitter," Eckstein told MLB.com's Bill Ladson . "The days that he wasn't playing, he treated those days as if he was playing. He would go out during batting practice and get reads off the bat in right field and center field. He was working to get better in the outfield. It was impressive watching him work."

Bryce Harper As a member of the "taxi squad," Harper's been limited to playing two days a week. One of those days is Saturday, so he'll be able to play in Saturday's game against the Peoria Javelinas, who feature Seattle second baseman Dustin Ackley, Houston first baseman Koby Clemens and Toronto shortstop Adeiny Hechevarria, among others. Astros right-hander Kyle Greenwalt will start for the Javelinas.

Harper isn't expected to start in the game, though he is expected to play. Nationals outfield prospect Michael Burgess will get the start in right field.

Harper has had limited opportunities playing just twice a week, but he's certainly capitalized, hitting .343/.410/.629 in nine games, hitting a home run, three double and two triples in just 35 at-bats.

"I think we would be doing ourselves a disservice trying to put that timeline together," Eckstein told MLB.com about when Harper should expect to make the big leagues. "Go into A ball and succeed. He gets a taste of coming up through the minor leagues. He is advanced, but he just turned 18. We have to understand that, too. I think he could compete at a high level, but you don't want to risk that developmental time mentally. I'm very impressed with every part of him as a person, as a player, the way he thinks and his commitment to excellence."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 30, 2010 12:56 pm

Clemens vs. Clemens in Texas

There's apparently no drug-testing for the Texas League All-Star game, as Roger Clemens is scheduled to pitch to his son , Koby in the home run derby tonight in Midland, Texas.

Koby Clemens, a first baseman for the Astros' Double-A team in Corpus Christi, is second in the Texas League in home runs (16) and RBI (53).

The younger Clemens was drafted as a third baseman in 2005, he's since played catcher and left field.

Clemens has dealt with not only being the son of a legend, but also has had to deal with his father's disgrace in the face of accusations of the use of performance enhancing drugs.

"The media, they have jobs to do," Koby Clemens told the Houston Chronicle this spring . "Everyone's going to have a different opinion, but I've never let what other people say really bother me. I take the good stuff as it comes and tired not to listen to any of the bad."

Clemens is hitting .258/.367/.496 for the Hooks. Although he hasn't been considered a prospect in the past, Clemens had a good season last year, hitting .341/.415/.620 at Single-A, but that was his second year in high-A, inflating his numbers some.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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