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HOUSTON -- Not long ago, Houston Astros general manager Tim Purpura called Koby Clemens the luckiest 18-year-old he knew.

Clemens had the choice of playing for the College World Series champion Texas Longhorns or signing with his hometown team, the Astros, who drafted the oldest of Roger Clemens' four sons in the eighth round of the June Draft.


On Thursday, Koby Clemens agreed to terms with the Astros, and the Memorial High School grad will soon leave for Greeneville, Tenn., where he will begin his professional career with the Astros' Rookie League affiliate.


Clemens was drafted as a third baseman after batting .523 (56-for-107) with 10 home runs, 14 doubles, a triple and 55 RBIs for Memorial High School. He posted a .953 slugging percentage and .617 on-base percentage, and he scored 39 runs and stole five bases.


On the mound, Clemens finished 8-3 with a 3.17 ERA and 86 strikeouts, holding opposing batters to a .203 average. He tossed three no-hitters and four complete games and was named the Most Valuable Player for District 18-5A.


The Astros have now signed 30 of their 48 selections from this year's draft.


Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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