In 2007, Tacoma Rainiers catcher Jeff Clement was one of baseball's top prospects, especially when ranked with other minor league catchers.
When Kenji Johjima showed Seattle that his 2008 season was going to flirt with a .200 average, Clement got the call to play for the Seattle Mariners.
Many people thought Clement was a lost cause after the season but I think he is a found gem. Batting .298 after the All-Star Game in his rookie season, Clement showed us his amazing potential.
Clement has been thought to be a power hitter during his minor league career but I would put being able to hit for average in his resume. Although Clement does have raw power, when he hits them out of the park he hits them deep and always to left field.
The Mariners have the most catching depth in the league with three highly touted catchers—Adam Moore, Rob Johnson, and Jeff Clement—and two veterans, Jamie Burke and Kenji Johjima.
Clement is just one of the Mariners' future stars, others including Philipe Aumont, Michael Pineda, Juan Ramirez, Greg Halman, Carlos Triunfel, Bryan Lahair, Adam Moore, Rob Johnson, Mike Wilson, and Brandon Morrow.