Fruita’s Clemons ready to pitch in Top 50 Senior All-Star Game
Fruita Monument High School graduate Rex Clemons isn’t afraid to pitch against anyone, anywhere.
The Mesa State-bound pitcher will get to test his stuff against other top prep baseball players from the 2009 season Sunday at Coors Field in the Colorado Rockies Top 50 Senior All-Star Game.
The game pits two teams made up of the top 50 prep players against each other after the Rockies game against Seattle, which begins at 1:10 p.m.
Clemons is the lone Western Slope player in the game. Grand Junction’s Geoff Baldwin was selected as an infielder, but is unable to attend the game. Clemons was one of 14 pitchers selected, with each team getting seven pitchers. With most pitchers getting an inning at most, he knows his time on the mound will be limited.
“It’s going to be key to start strong,” Clemons said. “I’m not going to have those other innings to pick myself up.”
Although he won’t have much time to work on the mound, Clemons is excited to show
his skills in front of scouts and opposing coaches.
“I want to show my best stuff,” Clemons said. “I want to continue to get my name out there and play well.”
Clemons’ coach at Fruita Monument, Ray McLennan, has had a chance to see Clemons throw the past two years, and said Clemons will do well in the Top 50 game.
“Rex raises his level to the competition,” McLennan said. “When throwing against the top competition, he always does well.”
The Top 50 game has been a goal for Clemons. He said he didn’t really focus on it during the season, but remembers being motivated by it the first time he heard of the
“I found out about it a couple of years ago, and I knew I wanted to do it,” Clemons said.
“I went into this year just wanting to play hard, and it ended up working out where I got selected.”
Clemons said he has never had the opportunity to play at Coors Field, and has only stepped onto the field once before this weekend, when he was 13 years old.
“I’ll be so excited that right when I walk into the park, I probably won’t remember anything,” Clemons said. “I guess that’s why they have cameras.”
Clemons will spend the rest of his summer playing on the Gene Taylor’s summer baseball team.
“I’m really excited to recognized as one of the top 50 kids in the state,” Clemons said. “It makes me happy to be noticed.”