Monday, June 9, 2008

Jeff Clement – Elite Mariner Rookie to Have Big Time Fantasy Impact

Rookie catching prospect Jeff Clement (pictured left in this Upper Deck rookie baseball card) got a grand total of 48 ABs to the tune of a .167 batting average with the Mariners earlier this year before being sent back down. Heater Fantasy Baseball Magazine last week showed minor league batters for batting average, home runs and walk rate and Clement ranked in the top 3 in each category – not even Jay Bruce could do that. Jeff Clement boasts an off the chart OPS of 1.238, and in his last 10 games he’s cooled off to a .333 BA with 4 HRs.

I look for Clement to have big time potential down the stretch. He’ll eventually come back up and should be a serviceable utility right away. He may need a month or two to steal enough PT to fully qualified at catcher but a month and a half of Jeff Clement a catcher could be huge. At a minimum he’s probably good for 280-290 and should hit 25-30 HR pace which would put Jeff Clement at top 5, maybe top 3 for the position.

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