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Ernie Clement

#28 | 3B/2B/SS
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Ernie Clement
Name: Ernie James Clement
Born: Mar 22, 1996 in Rochester, NY
College: Virginia
Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 170 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 4th round (132nd overall) by the Cleveland Guardians in 2017 (signed for $350,000)
In a strikeout era, Clement's calling card is contact. The slender infielder had just 31 strikeouts in his first 710 college at-bats and ranked first in the nation in 2017 by striking out once every 31.3 at-bats through mid-May. He's a singles hitter though, even in the Cape Cod League, where the Rochester, N.Y., native thrived last summer, hitting .353 with a league-high 59 hits and 19 stolen bases to win the league's MVP award. He has excellent hand-eye coordination and barrel control that allows him to spoil pitcher's pitches, but he also doesn't walk much (31 in three seasons). Clement played his way into the startling lineup as a freshman and was an all-College World Series pick when Virginia won the 2015 title, but he hasn't hit quite as well for Virginia this spring while becoming the full-time shortstop, after playing second base and center field in his first two seasons. His average arm is shy for shortstop on an everyday basis. He's an above-average runner and solid if unspectacular basestealer whose lack of power and defensive versatility profiles him well as a utility option as a big leaguer.
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