That experience led the younger Clemens to sign with the Skeeters for the entire 2013 season. And that experience, it appears, will lead him back to Constellation Field with Sugar Land for the 2014 Atlantic League season.
The Sugar Land Skeeters announced three signings February 27 that included Clemens, along with righthanded pitchers Jared Wells and Chris Smith.
Clemens, 27, was Sugar Land’s primary catcher last season. The Houston native led the Skeeters with 60 RBI and was fifth among Atlantic League hitters with 21 home runs. The Memorial High School graduate owns a career .259 batting average with 124 homers and 517 RBI over nine minor league seasons.
Wells, 32, also was a member of the Skeeters' 2013 Freedom Division pennant winners. He appeared in 40 games and posted a 2-1 record with one save, a 4.12 ERA and 60 strikeouts.
The Brazoria County native and West Columbia High School grad also has logged nine seasons with the San Diego (2003-08), Seattle (2008-09), Houston (2010) and Colorado (2012) organizations. He has compiled a career 44-56 record with 34 saves and a 4.49 ERA.
Smith, 32, will be in his initial season with Sugar Land. A veteran of 10 minor league seasons with Boston (2002-08), Milwaukee (2009-10) and Seattle (2011), Smith owns a 49-43 record with a 3.85 ERA in 261 career appearances (120 starts).
The righthander also spent time with the Boston and Milwaukee big league clubs (2008-10), combining for a 1-0 record with a 5.19 ERA in 50 MLB appearances.
More signings are expected to be announced as the Skeeters draw closer to their April 24 season-opening series against the Lancaster Barnstormers at Constellation Field.
The team will also host an open tryout at the stadium on March 22-23.