Tony Kemp
Tony Kemp
27-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Houston Astros
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Kemp stepped up when the Astros needed him last season, providing an offensive spark to an injury-riddled lineup while playing all three outfield positions along with some time at the keystone. He began the season with Triple-A Fresno, earning a mid-May callup with a .335/.407/.435 slash line. Kemp remained with the Astros the rest of the season, appearing in 97 games with 294 trips to the dish. Sporting a meager .287 OBP in the majors before last season, Kemp got on base at a 35% clip in 2018. He took advantage with nine swipes in a dozen tries. While he can't play as many positions as Marwin Gonzalez did for Houston, Kemp's defensive flexibility should earn him a decent number of at-bats, though it will take an injury for him to see regular playing time. Kemp is a nice option in AL-only as he won't cost much and can provide some cheap speed with a smattering of pop. Read Past Outlooks
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Enters game for injured Springer
OFHouston Astros
May 20, 2019
Kemp entered Sunday's game after George Springer left with back stiffness and went 0-for-2 in a 4-3 loss to Boston.
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Springer has already been ruled out of Monday's series opener against the White Sox, who have yet to announce a starter. Kemp could find himself in the starting lineup if Chicago goes with a right-hander.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
13
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
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1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+4%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+77%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+15%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+6%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .686 96 10 0 9 0 .267 .337 .349
Since 2017vs Right .712 303 44 8 30 12 .245 .327 .385
2019vs Left 1.095 7 2 0 0 0 .333 .429 .667
2019vs Right .617 59 9 2 5 2 .208 .259 .358
2018vs Left .671 79 8 0 8 0 .268 .333 .338
2018vs Right .770 215 29 6 22 9 .261 .357 .413
2017vs Left .522 10 0 0 1 0 .222 .300 .222
2017vs Right .491 29 6 0 3 1 .214 .241 .250
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+17%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+207%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+1%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .766 180 28 3 20 7 .279 .364 .403
Since 2017Away .657 219 26 5 19 5 .228 .301 .355
2019Home 1.068 30 7 2 3 1 .346 .414 .654
2019Away .348 36 4 0 2 1 .121 .167 .182
2018Home .728 136 19 1 16 6 .272 .368 .360
2018Away .754 158 18 5 14 3 .255 .335 .418
2017Home .500 14 2 0 1 0 .214 .214 .286
2017Away .497 25 4 0 3 1 .217 .280 .217
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How does Tony Kemp compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.31
 
BB Rate
6.1%
 
K Rate
19.7%
 
BABIP
.244
 
ISO
.169
 
AVG
.220
 
OBP
.277
 
SLG
.390
 
OPS
.667
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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In another universe, Kemp is probably gearing up for a shot at a regular role, but in this timeline he's merely a luxury for the talent-rich Astros. The 26-year-old has enjoyed a great deal of success in the minor leagues, posting wRC+ marks above 110 at every stop. His walk rate slid dramatically in his third go-around at Triple-A last season (to 6.3 percent), but he made up for it with a much-improved contact rate -- he struck out just 7.8 percent of the time -- and more power than ever before. He also reached 20 steals for the fourth time on the farm. Kemp once again failed to carry that success over to the highest level and in fact he struggled to a much greater extent than he did during his 2016 debut, but it's hard to read much of anything into that given how sporadic and limited his opportunities were. A trade would change Kemp's outlook considerably, but right now, he's a fifth outfielder.
A small, speedy second baseman in the Houston system is bound to draw comparisons to Jose Altuve. Let's be honest, that's unfair to both guys. It undersells just how excellent Altuve has been as a big leaguer and puts lofty expectations on Kemp based mostly on size. So, let's just focus on Kemp. He has posted a .304 average in the minors over 1,797 plate appearances, but more importantly a near 1.0 K/BB. His speed has been there in volume, but not efficiency -- 107 steals with a modest 70 percent success rate. His 20 percent strikeout rate was a lot (for him) in his MLB debut, but his six percent swinging strike rate suggests he was perhaps too passive while pitchers were attacking. This profile at peak might only hit .275, but with a .340-plus OBP which should offer ample opportunity to steal if he learns when to go. Unfortunately, he would need Altuve to suffer an injury in order to profile as more than a utility player if he remains with Houston.
Kemp is the type of player who often gets overlooked due to his size (5-foot-7, 165 pounds), but the Astros know more than any other organization that small second basemen can still be a factor at the big league level. With a profile that matches Jose Altuve nearly perfectly, the 24-year-old hit .308/.388/.386 in 121 games between Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Fresno last season. With excellent plate discipline (169 walks to 179 strikeouts over three minor league seasons) and plus speed (35 steals last year), Kemp has advanced rapidly in the minors, but the Astros have a crowded infield and aren't in a rush to promote him to the bigs. Unless the team deals with injuries, he's likely to spend a full season at Triple-A Fresno.
In 72 games with High-A Lancaster, Kemp hit .336/.433/.468 with 19 doubles, four triples, four home runs, 37 RBI and 79 runs scored over 295 at-bats. His .433 OBP ranked first in the California League, which earned him a well-deserved promotion to Double-A Corpus Christi in late June. The 23-year-old second baseman was nearly as successful in the Texas League, hitting .292/.381/.425 in 59 games. What Kemp lacks in size (5-foot-6, 165 pounds) and power, he makes up for with plus speed (41 steals between the two levels) and an excellent batting eye (73 walks to 67 strikeouts). He's a prospect to keep an eye on in the Astros' system as he prepares for a likely promotion to Triple-A at some point in 2015.
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Fills in at second base
OFHouston Astros
May 18, 2019
Kemp entered Friday's game at second base after Aldemys Diaz was removed with a hamstring injury.
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Collects three hits
OFHouston Astros
May 13, 2019
Kemp started in left field and went 3-for-5 with a triple, an RBI and three runs scored in Sunday's 15-5 win over the Rangers.
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Walks off Indians
OFHouston Astros
April 28, 2019
Kemp delivered a pinch-hit home run to give Houston a 4-3 extra-inning win over Cleveland on Saturday.
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Hitless run continues
OFHouston Astros
April 26, 2019
Kemp went 0-for-3 in Thursday's 2-1 loss to Cleveland.
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Hits first homer
OFHouston Astros
April 8, 2019
Kemp started at designated hitter and went 2-for-4 with a walk and a solo home run in Sunday's 9-8 victory over Oakland.
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