Twins sign former top prospect Jeff Clement to minor league deal
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The Minnesota Twins continued their recent trend of taking flyers on former top prospects on Monday by inking first baseman and catcher Jeff Clement to a minor league deal and an invite to spring training.
Clement, 29, was selected third overall in the 2005 draft by the Seattle Mariners, and he ranked high on Baseball America's top prospects list from 2006 through 2008. But in 421 career plate appearances between Seattle and Pittsburgh, Clement has hit just .218/.277/.371 with 14 home runs.
In 2,253 career Triple-A plate appearances, Clement owns a .280/.359/.493 batting line with 92 home runs.
The Twins originally drafted Clement out of high school in the 12th round of the 2002 draft, but he chose to enroll at USC.
Last offseason, the Twins took flyers on former top prospects Sean Burroughs and J.R. Towles. Burroughs broke camp on the big league roster, but neither player wound up contributing.