Washington – Infielder Jackson Clough, drafted by the National Team in 2019, next year had a spring training session with the club in the lower league when he was called up for spring training from Washington.
Clough got to the clubhouse before some of the senior players arrived, but Ryan Zimmerman was there.
“I went and put my things in the locker, but he kindly told me to wait until the Premier League players put their things in the locker,” Clough said in a telephone interview Thursday from Florida. “He was kind to me; he said it in a good way. “
That day Clough got one bat on the bench, and a few days later spring training stopped in Florida and Arizona due to a pandemic.
In 2020, Clough had no season in the Premier League, and Zimmerman decided to abandon the shortened Premier League schedule due to problems with COVID-19 – his mother had been ill with MS for many years.
Now that Zimmerman has retired, Clough feels happy to have been able to watch him from afar for several years.
“The best way to say he was a veteran in everything he did,” Clough said of the University of Virginia product. “He did everything right, he treated people right.”
Clough is not on the list of 40 people in the national team, but after a strong Arizona fall league, he definitely attracts their attention.
The last few weeks he has been training in the Orlando area Florida Drew Mendoza’s products and Andrew Carp’s pitcher, which are also on the Washington farm. Mendoza, an infielder, was also drafted in 2019 and that season with Clough was a teammate at Single-A Hagerstown.
After several injuries during the 2021 season Clough has become an option for depth of field in Washington.
“Staying healthy is my goal № 1 and staying on the field,” he said of 2022. “A № 2 – to help the team win at some point.”
Clough will soon head to West Palm Beach – there is no official date on Thursday for the minor league – and believes that the season will start with the lower league club.
But after that he hopes to get a call on a specialty this year.
In January, he was married to former great BYU midfielder Mikalai Kalohan (now Klaf), who trains with Arland Pride in the women’s professional league NWSL. Her team starts the season on February 27 against Montreal.
Baseball America considers Klaff the best prospect on the backyard in the citizenry system.
Last year, he played five games in the Gulf League and for the singles Fredericksburg and in 35 games for the Double-A Harrisburg. In total, it hit 0.214 in 159 bats.
But in the fall Arizona league, he was named the best defensive player, scoring 0.342 with eight interceptions in 22 games for Surprise manager Mario Lisan, who was captain of Fredericksburg last year.
“It was a good feeling; it gave me confidence, ”said Clough, noting that since signing with Washington, he has played in only 107 games for minors.