Yet another member of the Clemens family was drafted by the Houston Astros and will play for the Texas Longhorns. Seven-time Cy Young Award-winning pitcher Roger Clemens‘ third son, Kacy Clemens, was drafted by the Astros in the 35th round (1,037th overall) of the 2013 MLB Draft, but has decided to forgo a direct path to the pros and play baseball at Texas, a school that boasts one of the top baseball programs in the country.
The elder Clemens played for the Astros for three seasons in the mid-2000s and his oldest son, Koby Clemens, was also drafted by Houston in the eighth round of the 2004 MLB Draft (254th overall) and decided not to play for the Longhorns after signing with the school before the draft. Roger and Koby played together for the Sugar Land Skeeters (Sugar Land, Texas) of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball in the fall of 2012 — the father as the pitcher and the son as the catcher.
Although Koby is no long affiliated with an MLB organization, there’s still hope for the Clemens family that Kacy will end up in the majors one day. The elder Clemens says it’s “an honor” for Kacy to be drafted, but he also showed his excitement to ESPN about Kacy attending his alma mater:
“His sights will be set on The University to get his education and get the Horns back to Omaha!”
Needless to say, Kacy’s pretty excited himself:
Got drafted by the Houston Astros! Pretty cool! But I will still be a longhorn! Hook’em!
— Kacy Clemens (@KClemens21) June 8, 2013