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Koby Aaron Clemens (born December 4, 1986) is an American professional baseball infielder and outfielder with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He is the eldest son of former Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens.
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. 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.
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.
The Houston Astros picked Clemens in the 8th round of the amateur draft, 254th overall. The Astros organization has intended to use him as either a first or third baseman. He signed for a $380,000 bonus.
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 base.
In 2006, playing Single-A 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.
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. 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.
He converted to play as a 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.
Clemens started playing at the Puerto Rico Baseball League with the Mayagüez Indians as a first baseman in the fall of 2011. However, he abandoned the team abruptly on November 10, 2011. There were rumors that his father, former MLB pitcher Roger Clemens, persuaded him to leave the island because of the kidnapping of Washington Nationals catcher, Wilson Ramos in Venezuela the day before. For abandoning the team with no reason given, Koby has been banned from playing baseball in the Caribbean Baseball Confederation.
On February 9, 2012, Clemens signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. During the 2012 season, he played for the Blue Jays' Double-A affiliate, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats of the Eastern League, and their high Single-A team, the Dunedin Blue Jays of the Florida State League as a catcher, first baseman, third baseman, oufielder, and designated hitter.
Koby will play in the California Winter League in Palm Springs, California from January 18 to February 16, 2013.
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