Join Jays From the Couch as we highlight the 2019 season of Dunedin’s Kacy Clemens and the Gulf Coast League’s Yhon Perez
1B Kacy Clemens
The son Roger Clemens had a very disappointing campaign. He was named to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats roster to start the season. A bit a surprise considering his uninspiring results in 93 games as a member of the 2018 Dunedin Blue Jays. After producing a .301BA with 5 doubles, 2 triples, and 7 home run in 27 games, Kacy Clemens received a promotion on May 7th. Unfortunately, Clemens failed to build on his early-season success to bat .211 with 15 doubles, a triple, 5 home runs, and 94 strikeouts in 93 games.
The former 8th round selection of the 2017 Draft appeared in 24 games at the Double-A level in April and May. He batted .169 with a .416OPS in 19 games in April and .056 with a .161OPS in 5 games in May. This resulted in a demotion to A-Advanced Dunedin on May 15th. Clemens was unable to turn his season around batting .179 in May, .208 in June, and .143 in July. He finished the first half with a .167BA and .476OPS along with no HR in 26GP.
Kacy Clemens managed to finish the season with a decent August. In 29 games, Clemens batted .260 with a .814OPS while collecting 4 doubles, a triple, 4 home runs, and 3 stolen bases. One decent month was not good enough to erase a season worth of struggles as Kacy finished .303wOBA, 93wRC+, and .146ISO.
In 88 games with the D-Jays Clemens finished with a .204 batting average, 9 doubles, 2 triples, 10 home runs, 38 RBI, and a .644OPS. His strikeout rate increased to 28.2K% and he posted a 11.6BB% for a 0.41BB/K.
The 6-foot-2 Texan produced a 13.0% HR/FB with a 38.1FB% and 45.5GB%. Clemens did a nice job of using the entire field with a 45.8Pull% and 34.0Oppo%. With the D-Jays Clemens primarily hit 5th (36GP) while seeing some time in the 6th (25GP) and 7th (20GP) slots in the batting order. He finished with a .242BA with 9 HR when batting 5th, by far the most success.
In the field, Kacy Clemens made 86 starts at 1st base between AA and A-Advanced. He committed 10 errors and posted a .986FPCT.
Home: .194BA with 4 2B, 1 3B, 6 HR, 22RBI, and a .621OPS
Away: .216BA with 5 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 17RBI, and .669OPS
LHP: .217/.357/.304 (46AB)
Most Productive Game
On August 22nd, Kacy Clemens went 4-for-5 with a double, a home run, a walk, three runs scored, 3 RBI, and a total of 8 bases. This was the most hits, runs scored, and total bases for Clemens in 2019. He drove in 4RBI on June 28th.
Clemens currently appears to have reached his ceiling. He will get another chance at Double-A but it doesn’t look good. It is possible that his strong August is an indication of better things to come in 2020 or it was just a strong month after playing over 100 games with Dunedin.
Rule V Eligible: 2020
2B/3B Yhon Perez
Signed on July 2nd, 2016 out of Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela. Yhon Perez played 55 games with the Dominican Summer League Blue Jays in 2017, batting .249 with 8 doubles, 4 triples, 24RBI, and a 25/21 BB/K ratio. Perez received a suspension and missed all of 2018.
Perez was assigned to the GCL Blue Jays, spending the entire season. He made his 2019 debut on June 29th, the only game he played in June. He appeared in 18 games in July but only managed a .196 batting with two doubles. Perez turned his season around with a stellar 17 games in August. Perez batted .417 with 6 doubles with 8 walks and 4 strikeouts.
Yhon Perez finished with a .302BA, .402OBP, and .385SLG with 8 doubles in 36 games. The 5-foot-9 Perez produced an outstanding .388wOBA and 133wRC+ while replicating his 2017 ISO of .083.
Perez walked and struck out 14 times each for a 12.4BB% and 12.4K%. He spent the season looking to establish a spot in the lineup batting up and down the lineup. He spent most of his time batting 1st (7GP), 2nd (7GP), and 8th (9GP), finding equal success at each slot with over a .300BA.
In the field, Perez split his 2017 season between 2B and the outfield (LF/CF). In 2019 he appeared in the outfield just 5 times versus 13 game at 3rd base and 9 games at 2nd base. He committed 2 errors, both as a third baseman.
Home: .225BA with 2 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 8RBI, and .629OPS
Away: .357BA with 6 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 7RBI, and .902OPS
LHP: .257/.297/.314 (35AB)
Most Productive Game
On August 28th, Yhon Perez went 4-for-4 with a run scored, a pair of doubles, an RBI, a stolen base, and 6 total bases. Perez drove in 2RBI 4 times, scoring two runs twice, and 4 hits one other time.
Despite a strong August, we can still expect Yhon Perez to remain in Short-Season in 2020. Most likely moving up a level to Bluefield. The real question is which position Yhon Perez will play in 2020. 2nd base or 3rd? We will see.
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