Dakody Clemmer - Right-handed Pitcher
Current team: Extended Spring Training
2016 stats: 17 G, 1-0, 7.71 ERA, 18.2 IP, 21 H, 18 R (16 ER), 0 HR, 13 BB, 21 K
Clemmer, 21, is a 6'2" 185-pound right-handed pitcher the Indians selected in the 19th round of the 2016 Draft out of Central Arizona Junior College and signed for $100,000. He was a draft eligible sophomore who had a commitment to attend and play baseball for the University of Nevada had he not signed with the Indians. Last year at Central Arizona he was named 2nd team All-ACCAC after he appeared in 17 games and went 9-2 with a 4.63 ERA and in 79.2 innings allowed 87 hits, 71 runs (41 earned), 4 home runs, 43 walks and had 83 strikeouts.
Clemmer features a good sinking fastball that sits at 91-93 MPH and touches 94-95 MPH with some good late life to it and a lot of movement that helps generate a lot of groundballs and a good amount of swing and miss. He has a curveball and changeup but both are very inconsistent offerings that need a lot of work to become average offerings for him. He shows a high effort delivery and needs some work in refining it to repeat it better and staying more mechanically sound, though he shows some deception with it thanks to the way he hides the ball and comes from a low-three-quarters slot.
With Clemmer's promising sinker and the groundball-type life and swing-and-miss ability it flashes, it is all about him commanding his fastball and improving his secondary stuff. The Indians will continue to develop him as a reliever to try and get his stuff to play up and see if he can show more velocity and also sit in the higher velocity range. The command is poor and will also need to be refined in order to have success as he moves through the minors.
In December 2016, Clemmer received a 50-game suspension for violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. He received the suspension for a second positive test for a drug of abuse and the suspension will take effect as of the start of the 2017 Arizona Summer League season which begins in mid-June. Because the rookie level AZL season is only 54 games long, Clemmer will essentially miss the entire 2017 season because of the suspension. Losing a full year of development and having a suspension on his record as a lower valued prospect in the organization will be tough for him to overcome; however, the Indians are intrigued about the power arm and if they can develop it into something more, so he may get a shot to pitch somewhere at the tail end of the season, get some innings in during the Fall Instructional League and then bring him back next spring in spring training and evaluate him from there.