Clemens' son set to coach in Astros' system

Clemens' son set to coach in Astros' system

HOUSTON -- Koby Clemens, the oldest son of seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens and a former Astros farmhand, will begin his coaching career later this spring when he assists the Astros at extended spring camp in Kissimmee, Fla.

Astros director of player development Quinton McCracken said Clemens expressed a sincere interest about getting back into the game beyond teaching lessons. Clemens, 28, was selected by the Astros in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft and spent seven years in the Houston system. He eventually ended his career with the independent Sugar Land Skeeters last year after 978 career Minor League games.

The players kept at Kissimmee at extended spring training get in extra work before they're sent out to Minor League affiliates later in the season.

"He worked with one of the greatest pitchers of all time catching bullpens for his dad and just with his baseball IQ, there's a lot of knowledge we want to tap into and help our players get better," McCracken said. "We were very fortunate we were able to offer him this opportunity to bring him in and get going in his second career."

Clemens could be sent out to assist at Rookie-level Greeneville or short-season Tri-City later in the summer, McCracken said. Clemens began his Minor League career as a third baseman, but he has extensive experience as a catcher and a first baseman.

Roger Clemens works for the Astros as a special assistant to general manager Jeff Luhnow.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.