Although Ernie Clement's brief time in the minors has come with new experiences at quick intervals, for a little while at least, he'll have to slow down.

Clement, 23, progressed through three levels in 2018, his first full season in the Indians system after being selected in the fourth round of the 2017 draft. He reached Double-A last fall for a brief stint of 15 games with the RubberDucks and then had a quality spring camp this year, his first on the major-league side.

He'll have to hit the brakes for a bit now, though, as he was placed on the seven-day injured list with an adductor strain. He isn't expected to be sidelined for too long. For the most part, it's the first thing to slow him down.

Clement built off his 2018 season in the minors with a positive spring camp, hitting .241 with a .704 OPS in 29 at-bats while also making a few noteworthy plays at second base, including a diving stop to his left. Clement has primarily played shortstop but has also moved around the infield to add to his utility.

Beyond the playing time, Clement's experience simply being on the major-league side of camp was eye-opening.

"The first few days I was just like, 'Oh, my gosh, I'm in the same locker room with guys like Corey Kluber, Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez,' and I was like, 'Holy cow, this is incredible,' " Clement said. "After a couple of days, you have to get to work. That whole mindset changes and you have to get to work and do your job."

The Indians have often talked about the value in having younger pitchers follow the leads of Kluber and others in seeing their between-start routines. For Clement, that was being able to watch Lindor while he rehabbed from a strained calf and then a sprained ankle.

"It was so cool to watch those guys go to work every single day," Clement said. "They're in the big leagues for a reason. They're all incredible players and incredible human beings, and being able to see Francisco Lindor go through his business every day was incredible. I learned a lot."

Clement entered the season as the No. 18 prospect in the Indians system, according to Baseball America. Once healthy, he'll continue to play every day while moving around the infield. As a hitter, he's known to be able to use the entire field, although without much power. As he continues along the road to the majors, the adjustment to Double-A pitching is the next step.

"It's a jump for sure," Clement said. "Everybody is a little sharper, command is better, they can throw it a bit harder. But it's the same game and if I can think my way through at-bats and how they're going to pitch me, it's going to give me that much more of an advantage."

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