Clemens' youngest son, Kody, was selected in the 35th round with the Astros' 1,039th pick. A Memorial High School graduate and University of Texas commit, Kody told MLB.com in a text message he will honor his commitment to Texas, where his brother Kacy is a rising junior.
"Being selected in the 2015 MLB draft is a great Honor," Kody's text message read. "Especially since it was by the hometown team. And a team my pops enjoyed coming home to play for. I am currently focused on finishing up my HS season by getting ready to play in two All-Star State games. Then a very hard summer workout program to get prepared to help get the Horns back to Omaha!"
Kody, a shortstop, came to the Astros' pre-Draft workout at Minute Maid Park with his father and impressed Houston's director of scouting, Mike Elias.
"Put a couple balls out with a wood bat, which is impressive," Elias said. "He's a really good left-handed hitter. He's signed with the University of Texas, and I imagine he'd want to honor that commitment, but we'll talk to him and see what his thoughts are."
In a text message to MLB.com, Roger reiterated his son's commitment to Texas and said Kody would re-enter the Draft in 2017.
"It's always cool to hear your child's name, or young men around the state that I have personally worked with, get their names called," Roger said in the text message. "And today was no exception. What a nice surprise!"
Chandler Rome is an associate reporter for MLB.com.