Texas junior Kody Clemens rounds the bases after hitting a homer at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on June 10, 2018. RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Texas star Kody Clemens to sign with Detroit after a storybook ending to his collegiate career

Posted June 25th, 2018

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After one of the best seasons in recent memory, Kody Clemens will leave Texas on top.

Clemens, a junior infielder, announced on Monday that he will sign with the Detroit Tigers. Earlier this month, Detroit chose Clemens with the first pick of the MLB Draft’s third round.

This season, Clemens guided Texas to its 36th appearance in the College World Series. He became the first Longhorn to earn the Big 12’s Player of the Year award since 2007. Most notable publications tagged Clemens as a first-team All-American. Clemens was also a finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and the Golden Spikes Award.

In 2018, Clemens hit .351, with 24 home runs and 72 RBIs. He became just the ninth player since 1960 to lead the Longhorns in those three statistical categories. A second baseman, Clemens also helped Texas turn an NCAA-leading 73 double plays.

Clemens’ 24-homer season ranks second in school history. With 34 home runs, he trails only Kyle Russell (57), Jeff Ontiveros (55) and Brooks Kieschnick (43) on UT’s career list.

As a third-round pick, Clemens was the headliner of UT’s five-member draft class. Pitchers Nolan Kingham and Chase Shugart and infielder Andy McGuire have already announced their intentions to begin their professional careers. Left-handed pitcher Josh Sawyer, a junior who was picked by the Chicago Cubs in the 16th round, has graduated and isn’t expected back.

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