Roger Clemens at Fenway Park in 2013.

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Roger Clemens' son Kody could be on Red Sox' radar as MLB draft approaches

Connor Donahue
June 04, 2018 - 1:25 pm

Could another Clemens one day take the field at Fenway Park? It’s certainly possible.

Seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens explained on Dale & Keefe last Thursday that his son, Kody Clemens, has met with members of the Red Sox organization prior to Monday's MLB draft.

“Kody was really excited that he had an opportunity to meet with some of the Red Sox scouting department,” Clemens explained.

Clemens’ son has had one impressive year for the University of Texas.

The junior infielder led the team in batting average (.346), home runs (21), RBI’s (68) and slugging percentage (.706). Kody Clemens was also just named Big 12 Conference Player of the Year as his Longhorns team is set to play in the Super Regional round for the tenth time in program history.

“He’s had a fantastic year,” Clemens said.  “Obviously as a dad, I couldn’t be more proud of him.”

The Red Sox will definitely have some decisions to make before the MLB draft gets underway Monday night. The Red Sox will have the 26th pick in the first round and there’s no clear-cut front-runner as to who Dave Dombrowski and company will select.

Some reports have the Red Sox leaning towards a college bat with a lot of power.

This could be someone like Clemens, first basemen Seth Beer. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound junior batted .301 this year while leading the Clemson Tigers in both home runs (22) and slugging percentage (.642). 

If Boston decides on a different college bat, other mock drafts have them connected to outfielder Steele Walker out of Oklahoma. The junior batted .352 in 54 games for the Sooners this season to go along with 13 home runs and a .606 slugging percentage.

MLB.com has the Red Sox possibly going in a different direction by taking high school shortstop Brice Turang. A year ago it was thought that Turang would be a guaranteed top-10 pick in the first round. Things have changed as he has progressed, but Turang’s above-average speed makes up for what he lacks in power. Scouts believe Turang will be a solid fielder who can hold his own at the plate and steal bases when he reaches.

The Red Sox have also been connected to LHP Ryan Rolison out of Ole Miss. A strong start to his SEC Tournament has Rolison shooting back up the draft boards. Rolison’s powerful curveball is matched by an ability to hit 95 MPH on the radar gun with his fastball. A decent slider and changeup round out Rolison’s arsenal.

Rounds 1 and 2 of the MLB Draft begin Monday night at 7 p.m.

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