In this issue of Highway to High Point, we get to know right handed pitcher Paul Clemens and his journey to BB&T Point.
Clemens was born February 2nd, 1988 in Columbia, South Carolina. He played multiple sports in high school including football, baseball and even swimming.
While playing quarterback for the James W. Robinson, Jr. Secondary School football team, Clemens met former Minnesota Vikings receiver Percy Harvin and his Landstown High School team in the state championships of the 2004 Virginia High School League Group AAA Division.
After turning down a scholarship to Western Carolina University, Clemens attended Louisburg College in Louisburg, North Carolina. He was originally drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 36th round of the 2007 draft but declined and returned to Louisberg for one more season.
He was drafted in the 7th round of the 2008 draft to the Atlanta Braves. After three years of bouncing around the Atlanta farm system, Clemens was traded to the Corpus Christi Hooks (a Houston Astros affiliate) in July of 2011.
Clemens made his Major League Baseball debut on April 9th, 2013 for the Houston Astros. Called in to relieve starting pitcher Erik Bedard, he pitched four innings and earned his first career win by a final score of 16-9.
By the end of his first season with the Astros, Clemens had 49 strikeouts and an ERA of 5.40. He would pitch with Houston for one more season before electing for free agency in November of 2014.
Clemens landed in Kansas City as a free agent August 1st, 2015 where he played in their farm system for three months before electing for free agency again in November of the same season. He signed a deal with the Miami Marlins later that month.
Only starting two games for the Marlins, Clemens was claimed off waivers June 28th of the 2016 season by the San Diego Padres.
In his 16 games with San Diego, Clemens had the second lowest ERA of his career with a 3.67. He also recorded his second highest number of strikeouts at 47 total.
Clemens spent 2017 playing minor league ball for the Minnesota Twins before getting released on July 28th. He then made the move to triple A ball in Mexico playing for both Gigantes del Cibao and Leones de Yucatan. Clemens made his way to High Point in April of 2019, bringing years of knowledge and experience to the Rockers roster.
To see Paul and the rest of your High Point Rockers play at BB&T Point, purchase your game tickets at www.highpointrockers.com or call (336)888-1000.