Despite not playing the same position as his father, Kody Clemens still has a tough act to follow. Even allowing for accusations of steroid use, Roger Clemens has an 'intimidating' resume for anyone to try and match, never mind his own son.
Regardless, Clemens' own path to professional success saw him make his Major League debut last season, while still with the Tigers. He went on to appear in 56 games, although his performances were nothing to write home about.
The 27-year-old was traded to Philadelphia this past January and spent the majority of the first half of the regular season with the Phillies. However, despite showing encouraging offensive improvement, he was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley at the start of July.
Since then, Clemens has been working on his approach and discipline at the plate and, in his own words, making a concerted effort to 'trust the process'. This mindset has seen him reap the benefits.
Certainly, the results are there for all to see, with 10 home runs and 30 RBI in 32 games. This production has contributed towards a .267/.378/.583 slash line and .961 OPS.
During August, Clemens has taken his play to another level, with seven home runs in nine games. This was highlighted by hitting three blasts in one game for the first time in his professional career, during a 17-6 win last Thursday versus Rochester.
Further helping the case for the Houston, Texas native to be recalled by the Phillies, is his defensive versatility. Consider that in his short-lived Major League career to date, he's already seen playing time at first, second and third base, as well as in left and right outfield.