Clement Cycles

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Seven years since the Seattle Mariners selected USC catcher Jeff Clement with the third overall pick in the 2005 MLB Draft, the now Pittsburgh Pirates farmhand hit for the cycle in a triple-A game for the Indianapolis Indians.

Clement-Indians.jpgThe left-handed slugger, who owns USC's freshman homerun record, had to leg out a trip to complete the feat.

"The gap is 418 [feet] here to left-center and I probably hit it 415," Clement told the story to "I wasn't even thinking of going three since I'm so slow. I turned around and saw the ball in the gap and [thought], 'If I can't get to third on this ball, I'm really slow.'

"I got to third and our third-base coach, Jeff Branson, high-fived me. Then a Syracuse coach came over and asked, 'Was that for the cycle?' I said, 'No.' Then I got to thinking and realized that it was. If I had known [beforehand], I probably wouldn't have squared the ball up so well."

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Clement was last in the major leagues in 2010.  He should be on the cusp of a call-up though hitting .307 this season in triple-A.

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