Originally written June 07, 2012 on WHYGAVS?:
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After spending two years off the map nursing various injuries, Jeff Clement is killing the ball in Triple-A in 2012. Through 47 games, he's hitting .321/.403/.562 with seven homers, 16 doubles, and a triple. He's drawn 23 walks and struck out 35 times in 186 plate appearances. He's particularly on fire right now; five of those homers and four of those doubles (and the triple!) have all come in the last ten games. The Pirates are locked in a team-wide struggle with the Mendoza line this year, so it's fair to ask: Could Jeff Clement help the Pirates?Let's turn back the clock a bit here. The last time that Clement had a full, healthy season and looked like something of a prospect was 2009, when the Pirates acquired him. He was 25, and had been in Triple-A for a concerning amount of time (since 2006), but he was hitting. He hit .274/.354/.496 with Tacoma and Indianapolis that year and though his production dropped when he went from the hitter-friendly PCL to the Inte...
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