Texas Longhorn second baseman Kody Clemens made it through the first day of the 2018 MLB draft without hearing his name called, as 30 teams passed on the Golden Spikes finalist through two rounds last night. When the draft began again on Tuesday, Clemens wasn’t on the board for much longer.
With the first pick in the third round, and the 79th pick overall in the 2018 MLB Draft, the Detroit Tigers selected Kody Clemens. The draft slot has an estimated signing bonus of $750,800. He’ll have until July 6 to make a decision about his professional future.
Clemens has had nothing short of an all-time great season this year. In 58 games, Clemens has led the Horns in virtually every statistical batting category, and has served as a leader both on and off the field for the Big 12 Champions. His 19 home runs led the Big 12, and are the most in a season for a Longhorn since Kyle Russell, the Texas all-time leader in home runs, hit 19 back in 2008.
Kody Clemens: .338/.427/.676 — 53 R, 19 HR, 63 RBI
To put into perspective how impressive the 19 home runs are, the 2014 Longhorns — the last Texas team to make it to the College World Series — hit 22 total that year. As a team.
MLB.com listed Kody as their 179th overall prospect. Some may say picking someone 100 spots ahead of their suggested spot is a reach, but Clemens’ play on the field and his numbers show the talent and potential of an everyday player at the next level. If he can continue to build off his historic 2018 season, who knows how good the youngest Clemens could be?
As fans, we get the joy and privilege of watching to find out. Until then, it’s been an honor to see Clemens don the orange and white. Though whether or not he ultimately decides to join the Tigers after this college season is up to him, he’s left behind a legacy full of moments and a season to remember as one of the best in the history of one of college baseball’s most storied programs.
Congratulations to Kody Clemens.