Tony Kemp (baseball)

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Tony Kemp
Tony Kemp CC Hooks infielder July 2014.jpg
Kemp with the Corpus Christi Hooks
Houston Astros – No. 18
Second baseman / Outfielder
Born: (1991-10-31) October 31, 1991 (age 27)
Franklin, Tennessee
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 17, 2016, for the Houston Astros
MLB statistics
(through July 7, 2019)
Batting average.242
Home runs13
Runs batted in57
Teams

Anthony Allen Kemp (born October 31, 1991), nicknamed "The Admiral", is an American professional baseball second baseman and outfielder for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Career[edit]

Kemp graduated from Centennial High School in Franklin, Tennessee.[1] He attended Vanderbilt University, where he played college baseball for the Vanderbilt Commodores baseball team. In 2011, Kemp was named SEC Freshman of the Year and First Team All-SEC. He was a key contributor on the first Vanderbilt baseball team to make it to the College World Series. He was named an All-American and the Southeastern Conference Baseball Player of the Year in 2013.[2][3] The Astros selected Kemp in the fifth round of the 2013 MLB draft.[4]

In 2015, Kemp began the season with the Corpus Christi Hooks of the Class AA Texas League.[5] He received a midseason promotion to the Fresno Grizzlies of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League,[6] and appeared in the 2015 All-Star Futures Game.[7]

Kemp began the 2016 season with Fresno, and was promoted to the major leagues on May 16.[8] He was optioned to Fresno on June 25, 2016, when A. J. Reed was called up for his debut.[citation needed] On August 7, 2016, Kemp was recalled to the Astros. After former Astros center fielder Carlos Gómez was designated for assignment, it was said that Kemp and Jake Marisnick would be splitting duties in centerfield.[citation needed]

On March 19, 2017, he was optioned back to Fresno.[9] On April 27, 2017 the Astros promoted Kemp to the major leagues to replace injured Teoscar Hernández.[10] On May 1, 2017, the Astros optioned him back down as Marisnick was activated off of the disabled list.[11]

On September 2, 2017, he was called up to the Astros and played in their doubleheader against the Mets, their first home game after Hurricane Harvey.[12] In 17 games with the Astros, Kemp had a .216 average and 4 RBI. The Astros finished the season with a 101-61 record and eventually won the 2017 World Series, their first ever championship title. Kemp did not participate in any playoff action, but was still on the 40-man roster at the time, and won his first championship title.[13]

In March 2018, the Astros optioned Kemp back to Fresno. He was called up on May 16 to replace Jake Marisnick.[14] As of September 27, Kemp has played in 94 games for the 2018 Astros, batting .267/.352/.401 with 6 HR and 30 RBI, playing primarily in left field. He was mocked by the Fenway Park crowd and organist during the second game of the 2018 ALCS when he took an extended period of time to return to the batter's box after a foul ball. Following the third game of the 2018 ALCS, Kemp received wide sports media coverage for making a leaping catch against the left field wall on a ball hit by Steve Pearce. The Red Sox challenged the catch at the wall, since it sounded like the ball hit the wall first. After further review, they announced the catch as confirmed, meaning the MLB replay crew in New York saw conclusive evidence of the catch.[15] In game four, Kemp hit a fourth inning solo home run off Rick Porcello after only hitting six homers during the regular season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CHS alum a baseball standout at Vandy". Franklin Home Page. March 28, 2013. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  2. ^ "Vanderbilt's Tony Kemp SEC Player of the Year | The Tennessean | tennessean.com". Archive.is. Archived from the original on June 24, 2013. Retrieved March 2, 2018.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  3. ^ "SEC Names Vandy's Tony Kemp Baseball Player Of Year – NewsChannel5.com | Nashville News, Weather & Sports". NewsChannel5.com. Archived from the original on December 16, 2013. Retrieved December 14, 2013.
  4. ^ "Vanderbilt's Tony Kemp signs deal with Houston Astros | The Tennessean | tennessean.com". Archive.is. Archived from the original on June 24, 2013. Retrieved March 2, 2018.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  5. ^ "Astros minor leaguer Tony Kemp draws national attention with highlight-reel catch". Ultimate Astros. April 21, 2015. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  6. ^ "Fresno Grizzlies". fresnobee. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  7. ^ "Tony Kemp shows talent in Futures Game". Major League Baseball. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  8. ^ Kaplan, Jake (May 16, 2016). "Astros to call up Tony Kemp from Class AAA Fresno - Houston Chronicle". Chron.com. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
  9. ^ "Transactions". Houston Astros. Retrieved April 3, 2017.
  10. ^ "Astros call up utility man Tony Kemp". Major League Baseball. Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  11. ^ "Astros to activate Jake Marisnick on Monday". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  12. ^ "Tyler White, Tony Kemp among Astros' first September call-ups". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved September 1, 2017.
  13. ^ McTaggart, Brian; Gurnick, Ken. "Houston Astros win 2017 World Series". MLB. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  14. ^ "Astros call up Kemp after sending down struggling Marisnick". USA TODAY. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  15. ^ cbssports.com https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/red-sox-vs-astros-alcs-game-3-tony-kemp-makes-leaping-catch-at-left-field-wall-leaves-mookie-betts-and-co-stunned/. Retrieved December 17, 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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