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Tigers pick Kody Clemens with 79th overall pick

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Clemens' son hits 2 HR for Longhorns (1:24)

Kody Clemens hits a three-run homer and follows it up with a solo shot for Texas against Texas A&M. (1:24)

The Detroit Tigers selected University of Texas second baseman Kody Clemens on Tuesday with the first pick of the third round (79th overall) in the MLB amateur draft.

He is a son of former major league pitcher Roger Clemens.

Kody Clemens is hitting .346 with 21 home runs and 68 RBIs for the Longhorns this season, his junior year. He was limited to being the designated hitter for most of his sophomore season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in August 2016.

The Longhorns are currently in the NCAA baseball tournament. They will play Tennessee Tech in the Austin Super Regional, starting Saturday.

Roger Clemens won an American League MVP award, seven Cy Young Awards and 354 games during his 24-season career.

Kody Clemens was a 35th-round selection of the Houston Astros out of high school but has surpassed his two older brothers, Koby (Astros, 2005) and Kacy (Toronto Blue Jays, 2017), who were eighth-round picks in previous drafts. Roger Clemens still has draft-day bragging rights on his sons. He was the 19th overall pick by the Boston Red Sox in 1983.

The Tigers opened the MLB draft on Monday by selecting Auburn right-hander Casey Mize with the No. 1 overall pick.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.