Ernie James Clement is an American professional baseball utility player for the Cleveland Guardians of Major League Baseball. He made his MLB debut in 2021.
Clement attended Brighton High School in Rochester, New York, where he played baseball and ice hockey. For his high school career, he hit .472. Undrafted out of high school in the 2014 MLB draft, he enrolled in the University of Virginia where he played college baseball.
Clement was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the fourth round of the 2017 MLB draft. He signed with Cleveland and made his professional debut with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers of the Class A Short Season New York–Penn League, hitting .280 with 13 RBIs in 45 games.
He began 2018 with the Lake County Captains of the Class A Midwest League and was promoted to the Lynchburg Hillcats of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League and Akron RubberDucks of the Class AA Eastern League during the season. Over 102 total games between the three clubs, he slashed .289/.358/.375 with two home runs, 33 RBIs, and 18 stolen bases.
On May 30, 2021, Clement was promoted to the major leagues for the first time as the 27th man on the Indians’ roster for the second game of their doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays; he did not make an appearance in that game and was optioned back to Columbus the next day.
How Old Was Ernie Clement When His MLB Debut?
Ernie James Clement made his professional debut at the age of 21 for Mahoning Valley Scrappers of the Class A Short Season New York–Penn League.