Kody Clemens, the son of baseball great Roger Clemens, will officially be starting his Major League Baseball career soon. Clemens announced Monday that he'll be signing with the Detroit Tigers, the team that drafted him last week. That means he'll be forgoing his senior season with the Texas Longhorns.
Clemens was drafted No. 79 overall - the first pick of the third round - by the Tigers. He was actually drafted in the 35th round by the Houston Astros out of high school, but opted to head to college instead.
Clemens could have waited another year and re-entered the draft. But it looks like he's ready to get his professional career started. Here's what he had to say on Twitter when he announced the news:
"Man, I don't know here to start. The past 3 years at the University of Texas were the best 3 years of my life. I fell in love with a city and I made friendships that will last forever. The decision was a lot harder than most people think, but I have decided to move forward with my baseball career and sign with the Detroit Tigers.
To my family and friends, I want to say thank you. I wouldn't be in the position I am today without you guys. To the fans, you guys packed the Disch and created the best atmosphere in College baseball. Thank y'all. I will forever be a Longhorn and always know the HORNS GO UP!!"
Here's the tweet:
Clemens batted .346 this past season with 21 home runs and 68 RBIs in 60 games. He played second base for the Longhorns. He's a 6-foot, 185-pound player.
It'll be interesting to see whether Clemens is able to rise up the ranks in Detroit's farm system. He's got some big shoes to fill.