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    Jeff Clement
    Jeff Clement

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Marshalltown, Ia.

    High School:
    Marshalltown

    Height / Weight:
    6-1 / 210

    Position:
    Catcher

    Experience:
    HS

    Bats/Throws:
    Left/Right

    06/27/2013

    Catching Up with Trojans in the Minor Leagues

    22 Trojans are competing in the minors with hopes of one day making the big leagues.

    2005
    Clement (pronounced CLEHM-ent) was selected on June 7 as the third overall pick by the Seattle Mariners in the major league baseball draft...won the Johnny Bench Award as the nation's top catcher...earned 2005 Baseball America All-America First Team, USA Today Sports Weekly All-America first team and Collegiate Baseball All-America first team honors, as well as 2005 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-America third team honors...finalist for the 2005 Golden Spikes Award...named All-Pac-10 for the third straight year...finished his USC career by posting four marks on the school's all-time Top 10 lists...his 46 career home runs place him second all-time behind Mark McGwire (54)...tied for seventh with 150 career RBI (with Mark McGwire), tied for eighth with a .596 slugging percentage (with Morgan Ensberg) and 10th with 114 walks...led the team in many offensive categories including batting average (.348), hits (80), doubles (17), home runs (15), RBI (54), walks (44) and on-base percentage (.472)...threw out 25 of 68 baserunners (37%), including one pickoff at second base...went 5-for-14 (.357) with two home runs and four RBI during the NCAA Super Regional...batted .310 (9-for-29) in the Trojans' seven postseason games with two homers and six RBI...hit home runs in back-to-back games on May 28 and 29 against Stanford...his home run on May 29 moved him into third place on USC's all-time career list with 44, behind Mark McGwire (54) and Geoff Jenkins (45)...went 4-for-5 with a double and home run on April 23 at Cal...had a season-high, 15-game hitting streak snapped on April 12 against Cal State Fullerton...earned 2005 Baseball America Preseason All-America first team honors.

    Jeff Clement


    Summer

    For the second straight year, Clement played on the U.S. National Team...batted .275 (19-for-69) with three home runs and 15 RBI...his team won the gold medal at the FISU II World University Baseball Championships in Taiwan...hit a game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the eighth for a 5-2 win over Chinese Taipei in the semifinal...named most valuable player for Team USA during the 33rd Annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series in Japan, batting .429 (6-for-14) with a home run and two RBI.

    2004

    Clement earned 2004 Baseball America Preseason All-America first team and NCBWA Preseason All-America first team honors, as well as Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-America second team honors...named as a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award...led the team in home runs (10), RBI (43) and walks (38)...on April 4 at No. 14 Arizona State, he went 4-for-5 with a double, home run and two RBI...homered in back-to-back games on May 1 and 2 at UCLA...went 2-for-4 with a double and five RBI in the Trojans' final game on May 30 against Arizona...behind the plate, he threw out 27 of 66 runners this season (41%), including four of five runners on March 6 against No. 1 Stanford.

    2003

    Clement made his mark during his 2003 freshman campaign...named Collegiate Baseball Freshman National Co-Player of the Year and Pac-10 Conference Freshman of the Year...earned Baseball America Freshman All-America first team and Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American first team honors...named All-Pac-10...led the team in home runs (21), RBI (53), runs scored (53), walks (32) and slugging percentage (.649) while batting .298 (62-for-208)...set a new school record for most home runs by a freshman with his 14th homer on March 22 at Arizona, eclipsing mark held by Eric Munson (1997) and Joey Metropoulos (2002)...hit two home runs in a game four times during the season (Feb. 14 vs. South Alabama, Feb. 15 vs. South Alabama, March 11 at Pepperdine and March 21 at Arizona)...on March 15, he became the first player since Jason Lane (1999) to record multi-home run, back-to-back games...using a wood bat on May 5 against No. 4 Cal State Fullerton at Edison International Field in Anaheim, Clement hit an RBI double off the wall in right center...on a regionally televised broadcast, he hit three home runs in a 13-12 loss on May 16 against Washington State...had a season-high 14-game hitting streak snapped on April 17 at California...hit his first opposite-field homer with a three-run shot for the go-ahead runs in the seventh on April 15 at Loyola Marymount in an 8-5 victory...went 7-for-13 (.438) with three home runs, a double, nine RBI, five walks and eight runs scored against San Diego and Arizona to earn his second Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week honor of the season...hit two home runs in the same inning on March 21 at Arizona in the third and went 3-for-5 with five RBI on the evening...tied the game with a leadoff homer in the seventh on March 14 against No. 5 Cal State Fullerton in USC's 3-2 win...started the season with a 1-for-15 streak, but snapped out of it by going 7-for-12 with four home runs and eight RBI in the South Alabama series (Feb. 14-16) and earned Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week and Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week honors...during the summer, he played for the 2003 U.S. National Team, becoming the 12th USC player selected all-time...batted .256 with four home runs and 16 RBI in 25 games with Team USA as the team went 27-2 (.931 winning percentage, the highest in USA Baseball history).

    High School

    As a catcher/pitcher at Marshalltown (Ia.) High, Clement had a storied four-year career and set the national high school career mark for home runs (75)...led Marshalltown to the 2002 4-A state championship, earning All-America honors after batting .509 with 16 home runs...featured in the Sept. 16, 2002, issue of Sports Illustrated as part as the "For the Love of the Game" article.

    Little League

    Clement played with the 1996 Marshalltown team in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

    Personal

    Undecided as a major...parents are Brad and Diane...lists Lance Berkman as his biggest sports hero...favorite television show is Seinfeld...favorite movie is Good Will Hunting...birthdate is Aug. 21, 1983.

    Clement's Career Statistics
    YEAR		G-GS	AVG	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	SB-SBA	BB	SO
    2003 (Fr.)	56-56	.298	208	53	62	8	1	21	53	1-2	32	43
    2004 (So.)	52-52	.293	198	36	58	12	1	10	43	1-6	38	39
    2005 (Jr.)	63-63	.348	230	52	80	17	0	15	54	5-11	44	43
    Totals		171-171	.314	636	141	200	37	2	46	150	7-19	114	125