Brighton’s Clement earns MLB promotion

Ernie Clement (Photo: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

By PAUL GOTHAM

Ernie Clement has been promoted to the Cleveland Indians. The former Brighton High School standout will be in Cleveland on Sunday when the Indians host a doubleheader (two seven-inning games) with the Toronto Blue Jays.

If and when Clement appears in the Indians’ lineup, he will become the first Brighton alum to play in a Major League Baseball game.

Clement hit .353 in 10 games with Columbus (Cleveland’s Triple-A team) this season. A hamstring injury kept him out of the lineup from May 14th to the 26th. The middle infielder returned to the lineup and finished 2-for-2 with a double and three RBI on May 27th.

A fourth-round pick of the Indians in the 2017 MLB Draft, Clement was part of the Indians’ 60-man player pool for the shortened 2020 season.

Clement attended the University of Virginia where he helped the Cavaliers to the 2015 NCAA Championship. During the summer of 2016, he led the Cape Cod League hitting .353 for the Harwich Mariners.

Clement will join current Chicago White Sox player Danny Mendick (Pittsford Mendon/Monroe Community College) as the only former Section V stars currently active in the majors.

The Indians will host a four-game set including a series-opening doubleheader with the White Sox starting on Tuesday.

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