A native Iowan was one of the first players chosen in the Major League Baseball draft. Jeff Clement, a graduate of Marshalltown High School, was selected today as the number three pick in the draft. Clement, who is now a catcher with USC, was chosen by the Seattle Mariners. USC is still alive in the NCAA playoffs. The Trojans will play at Oregon State on Friday. Clement, a leftie who is known as a power-hitter, is in his junior year at Southern Cal. Clement has hit 44 home runs in college and trails only two other USC players on the home-run list. One of those players is Mark McGwire, the St. Louis Cardinals’ home-run slugger, who hit 54 homers during his time at USC. Clement is hitting .352 this year, with 13 home runs. Clement is only the fourth Iowan selected in the first round since 1980.
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