Golden Spikes Spotlight: Kody ClemensFeatures
The word choice was ironic.
Texas Longhorns second baseman Kody Clemens, youngest son of seven-time Cy Young winner “Rocket” Roger Clemens, was asked if he ever tried pitching.
As it turns out, Clemens pitched a bit as a closer at Houston’s Memorial High, where he also competed as a shortstop, second baseman and center fielder.
“I didn’t have the rocket arm,” said Clemens, no pun intended. “I didn’t have crazy velocity. I think I was at 88 (mph).”
But even without a rocket arm, Clemens has a boomerang bat, able to turn around pitches and send them back from whence they came like a torpedo.
Clemens, a 6-foot, 185-pound junior who bats left and throws right, is batting .333/.437/.644, ranking third in the Big 12 in OPS (1.081), tied for second in homers (13) and third in RBIs (50) and slugging.